22 September 2016 – Noting that the 2016 is the first year for the United Nations to implement the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea underscored that the role of the global organization is more crucial than ever in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.
22 September 2016 – At the UN General Assembly this afternoon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Equatorial Guinea, Agapito Mba Mokuy, said the world is witnessing an overwhelming and incessant wave of immigrants who are fleeing from conflict zones, particularly in Iraq and Syria, as well as in Africa, towards Europe, in the hope of finding a tranquil area in which to live.
22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic today stressed that his country refuses to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo and is committed to find a political settlement through the European Union-facilitated dialogue.
22 September 2016 – Recalling that over the past year, the United Nations concluded landmark agreements on sustainable development and climate change, and renewed its commitment to work together to combat violent extremism, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, told the General Assembly today that these are the most serious issues before the international community “and our efforts offer the prospect of transforming our world as a whole, rather than just part of it.”
22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Vice-President of Angola today underlined the urgency of reforming the global Organization, in particular the Security Council, to strengthen the UN’s capability in promoting international peace and security, and to increase its ability to respond quickly in conflicts and challenges.
22 September 2016 – Noting that the United Nations General Assembly is taking place at a time when there is escalation of conflicts engulfing millions of people in many parts of the world, Liberia’s President today stressed that West African States are collectively demonstrating their commitment and preparedness to combat terrorism affecting the subregion.
22 September 2016 – Leaders of low-lying island States threatened with being flooded out of existence by rising seas again took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to appeal for urgent action even as the Paris Agreement moves forward to counter climate change.
22 September 2016 – While the world has seen some progress on combatting the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, the challenge of providing the fundamental right to adequate food to all people must remain a priority, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging Member States to continue to work together to tackle the problem.
22 September 2016 – Emphasizing his country’s economic health, Alassane Ouattara, the President of Côte d'Ivoire, told the United Nations General Assembly today that it will mobilize the necessary resources to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and announced that his country would deposit the instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year.
22 September 2016 – Recalling Pope Francis’ message to the General Assembly, last year, where he defined the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as an important sign of hope, Pietro Parolin, Observer of the Holy See, said that the Pope reiterated his appreciation for the actions taken by the United Nations and encouraged all to put these ambitious objectives into practice.