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After latest round of peace talks, Colombia on ‘final path’ to end 50-year conflict, President tells UN

29 September 2015 – President Juan Manuel Santos told the United Nations General Assembly today that Colombia’s 50-year conflict is coming to an end, following the latest advances in the three-year peace process between the Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels.

Latin American leaders urge reform of UN bodies, highlight 2030 ‘agenda of change’

28 September 2015 – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, one of several leaders from the Latin American and Caribbean region to address the General Assembly today, warned of the urgent need for United Nations Member States to react to the plight of refugees, which she said had become a global crisis affecting peace and security.

‘Living well,’ not capitalism, key to sustainability and social justice, Bolivia tells UN Assembly

28 September 2015 – Decrying capitalism and the predatory polices of multinational corporations, the President of Bolivia, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, called for all countries to reject the imperialist models that lead to poverty and inequality and to take up the philosophy of ‘living well’ – the key to sustainable development and social justice.

Eastern European leaders at UN urge stronger cooperation to tackle threats to global peace and stability

28 September 2015 – Poland is ready to participate in the attainment of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last week, the country’s President told the UN General Assembly today, underlining that objectives such as the defence of democracy, sustainable economic growth, and fighting climate change all contribute to the preservation of peace world-wide.

In UN speech, South African President calls for reform of Security Council

28 September 2015 – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, South African President Jacob Zuma stressed on reforming and restructuring of the UN Security Council in order to resolve conflicts surrounding Middle East and African nations.

Addressing General Debate, Cuban President calls for end to US embargo

28 September 2015 – In his first-ever address to the United Nations General Debate, Cuban President Raúl Castro noted the warming of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba before promising to reintroduce an annual resolution calling for an end to the long-standing US embargo on the island nation.

African leaders at UN cite ‘remarkable’ progress on MDGs and urge commitment to post-2015 agenda

28 September 2015 – African leaders speaking at the UN General Assembly debate today noted that their countries were guided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over the last 15 years, and that the post-2015 development agenda and the new goals adopted last week, embody the collective ambition to transform the world by 2030.

At UN, Kazakh President proposes ‘strategic’ 30-year plan to promote fairness and human development

28 September 2015 – Stressing that there is no alternative to the United Nations as a universal organization, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan today looked ahead 30 years to its 100th birthday in 2045 to propose far-reaching reforms, from creating a supranational currency to moving its Headquarters from New York to Asia.

China’s President urges UN General Assembly to put new development agenda into action

28 September 2015 – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders, the President of China warned that the security of all countries was interrelated and that no country could protect its security alone and none could find stability at the expense of another’s.

Addressing UN Assembly, European leaders call for increased funds to ease refugee and migrant crisis

28 September 2015 – Western European leaders, taking the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on the opening day of 70th annual General Debate, today deplored the brutal abuses by Governments and terrorists that have, as in the case of Syria, driven millions of people from their homes.