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Holy See calls on international community to ensure UN sustainability agenda has ‘human face’

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.


Madagascar leader spotlights universality of 2030 Agenda in UN Assembly speech

22 September 2016 – Addressing the leader’s debate at the United Nations General Assembly, the President of Madagascar today underlined the need to take the commitments made in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development and the Paris Agreement on climate change into practice.


At UN, European leaders stress importance of international cooperation to tackle global challenges

22 September 2016 – Emphasizing in an address to the United Nations today the magnitude of the challenges confronting the world, the Prime Minister of Norway underlined that effective international cooperation is essential to address poverty, conflicts, climate change, migration and terrorism.


‘A wall is not the solution’ for migration crisis, El Salvador’s President tells UN

22 September 2016 – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the President of El Salvador, urged the international community to meet the complex challenges posed by mass migration with courage and to strengthen the activities of regional and global organizations dealing with the issue, especially to ensure the protection of the human rights of all people on the move.


Greater focus on women’s empowerment can help achieve Global Goals – UN chief

22 September 2016 – Gender equality remains the greatest human rights challenge of our time, and one way to achieve the goal is by empowering women to have greater choices economically and control over their lives, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, urging the international community to spearhead efforts that provide opportunities for women and girls.


At Assembly debate, President of Sierra Leone cites urgent need for UN Security Council reform

22 September 2016 – Calling for urgent reform at the United Nations and in particular at the Security Council, the President of Sierra Leone today stressed that national and global efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not alone deliver the promise of an inclusive and fairer world.


Women’s empowerment vital for global development, Lithuanian leader tells UN Assembly

22 September 2016 – Only by fully empowering women can the world achieve the ambitious development goals it has set itself and confront the multiple crises and threats that beset it, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told the United Nations General Assembly today.


‘This is no longer a time for promises,’ African leaders tell UN, urging action on Global Goals

22 September 2016 – While the current session of the United Nations General Assembly has opened in a context marked by turmoil, Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon said this morning there are nevertheless some “bright spots and glimmers of hope,” including the adoption by Member States of landmark agreements on climate change, development financing and sustainable development.


Globalization is a ‘fact of life’ says Austrian Minister in UN General Assembly speech

21 September 2016 – Globalization has brought enormous benefits to humankind, such as reduced international poverty, new technologies and reduced distances between countries, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria told the United Nations this evenings, stressing that there needs to be a realization that the phenomenon also brings challenges.


Effective border controls make Australia successful 'immigration nation,' Prime Minister tells UN

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, stressed the need to resist “the rising tide of protectionism” but most importantly “the threat of conflict and instability.”