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UN Assembly debate covers a range of pressing concerns: from development to Ebola to Ukraine

30 September 2014 – The theme of this year’s annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was the post-2015 agenda of global sustainable development but it was by no means the only subject of the speeches as kings, presidents and prime ministers mounted the podium to speak on behalf of 193 Member States and two Observer delegations.

As global crises multiply, UN official urges rethink for overstretched humanitarian system

30 September 2014 – The global humanitarian system has become dangerously overburdened as it faces a widening front of crises and conflicts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned today, as he urged a rethink of how the international community will confront the growing challenges of the 21st century.

UN official urges sustained pressure on parties to Syria conflict to ensure aid access

30 September 2014 – With winter fast approaching and the conflict in Syria showing no signs of abating, the United Nations humanitarian chief today called for sustained pressure on the parties to ensure access to those in need of assistance as well as financial support to maintain vital aid operations.

At UN Assembly, Philippines decries expansionist territorial claims in region

29 September 2014 – The Philippines took the General Assembly podium today to accuse another Member State of embarking on expansionist territorial claims that violate its rights, and called on the United Nations to take speedy action to protect UN peacekeeping forces after Filipino troops were seized in the Golan Heights.

European leaders tell UN ‘collective sense of purpose’ needed to maintain peace, security

29 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this afternoon, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister, Aurelia Frick, said acts of aggression perpetrated against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of parts of its territory underline the need to enforce international law

Victims of ISIL brutality 'waiting on us to act', Syrian leader tells UN Assembly

29 September 2014 – As the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants began carrying their slaughter in the Middle East, “they might have surprised many of the countries present here, but not…us,” the Deputy Prime Minister of Syria told the United Nations General Assembly, underscoring today that the time has come for the world to stand united and tackle the threat head-on.

UN refugee chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa

29 September 2014 – The United Nations refugee chief today warned the international community about the risks of overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa, calling for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement.

Bahrain minister focuses UN Assembly address on terrorism, illegal occupation

29 September 2014 – The accelerated emergence of terrorism groups, political expansionism and the illegal occupation of other States’ territories are hindering sustainable development and require the international community to work together, the Foreign Minister of Bahrain today told the United Nations General Assembly.

Holy See calls at General Assembly for ‘renewed’ UN to use ‘licit force’ against terror

29 September 2014 – In the face of terrorist attacks on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, and other lethal crises, Pope Francis’ representative at the General Assembly’s high-level annual meeting today called for a reinvigorated United Nations capable of deploying the necessary multilateral force to defeat the scourge.

At UN debate, African leaders say global sustainability agenda must reflect local realities

29 September 2014 – With a new sustainable development agenda as the focus of this year’s annual General Assembly debate, African leaders today called on the United Nations to take into consideration the continent’s specific realities and challenges.