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45 stories found over the past 45 days
Cuba takes General Assembly podium to call for deep UN reform

27 September 2014 – Speaking from the tribune of the General Assembly today, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called for a profound reform of the United Nations, starting with the 15-member Security Council.


India’s leader calls for genuine global partnership for peace and prosperity at UN Assembly

27 September 2014 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in the name of 1.25 billion compatriots, issued a fervent plea from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today for genuine global partnership to further peace, inclusive development and an environmentally sustainable world.


South Sudan committed to peace in wake of foiled rebel coup, Kiir tells UN

27 September 2014 – Following a failed coup by a former deputy that sparked a violent, months-long conflict in South Sudan, President Salva Kiir told the United Nations today that his Government is deeply committed to “talk peace with the rebels to close this dark chapter in the history of our young country”, so the difficult mission of socio-economic development could begin.


In UN address, El Salvador leader urges joint action on issue of unaccompanied migrant children

26 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this morning El Salvador’s President, Salvador Sánchez Cerén called on the international community to support Central American countries to overcome the crisis generated by the increased flow of unaccompanied migrant children travelling to the United States.


Africa’s concerns must figure high in new development agenda, African leaders tell UN

26 September 2014 – Availing themselves of the spotlight afforded by the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, African leaders served notice today that the multi-year United Nations agenda for sustainable development now being drawn up must address fully their continent’s specific concerns.


Peace will succeed only when people have a chance at a better life, Canada’s leader tells UN Assembly

25 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this evening, Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, said his country had a strong record in serving humanity and upholding the values of the United Nations.


UN chief tells South Sudan leaders to heal suffering they caused

25 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today blamed the dire humanitarian situation in South Sudan on the country’s leaders, telling them: “You opened the wounds that have caused so much suffering. Now heal them.”


Kuwait tells UN Assembly Arab States should have permanent Security Council seat

25 September 2014 – Taking the podium at the United Nations annual General Assembly today, Kuwait called for enlargement of the 15-member Security Council, with the Arab States being granted a permanent seat especially as issues relating to their region top the agenda of the decision-making body.


Central, Eastern European leaders warn against ‘new status quo’ of instability

25 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly in its second day of debate, the President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska today warned world leaders against “a new status quo” where instability, poverty, violence and hatred are “fertilizers and catalysts of terrorism.”


‘The future of Africa is in unity’, says Niger’s President, among continental leaders at UN Assembly

25 September 2014 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly at its annual high-level debate, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger warned today against attempts to balkanize Africa and underscored that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda need to be anchored in the “three D’s”: defense, democracy and development.