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INTERVIEW: “Refugees are the responsibility of the world… Proximity doesn’t define responsibility.”
– Peter Sutherland

02 October 2015 – Peter Sutherland is the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration. A strong advocate for the rights of migrants – and for action to increase the benefits of migration for countries of origin, destination, and migrants alike – he works to foster cooperation on issues such as protecting migrants affected by crises and ensuring their role in the development process. A former Attorney General of Ireland, Mr. Sutherland has served as EU Commissioner for competition policy, and headed the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In UN Assembly address, Bahrain focuses on regional crises, sustainable development

02 October 2015 – Adressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain, stressed the role of environment in sustainable development and the importance of joint action to address climate change in the hope that the climate conference in Paris would reach a binding and ambitious agreement, particularly on repercussions to small island developing States.

Saudi Arabia, in UN speech, deplores world’s inability to end bloodshed in Syria

01 October 2015 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly this evening, Abdel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia expressed deep concern that the international community has been unable to save innocent Syrians from the “killing machine” that has devastated their country and led to the world’s most tragic humanitarian crisis.

European leaders at UN urge concerted action amid ‘unprecedented’ humanitarian crises

01 October 2015 – Several European leaders took to the podium today at the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, highlighting that the world is again living in restless times, especially in light of the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises, including the migrant and refugee crisis.

Given global tensions, Alliance of Civilizations needed more than ever – UN officials

01 October 2015 – United Nations officials today stressed the ever-growing importance of the Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), especially in light of the rising xenophobia, intolerance and extremism being witnessed in various parts of the world.

Nicaragua sees hand of capitalism behind world’s woes, calls for re-founded UN

01 October 2015 – Nicaragua today called for recreating and re-founding the United Nations as an equitable and democratic Organization, blaming capitalism for terrorism and the other humanitarian and environmental crises afflicting the world.

At UN, Israeli leader calls on Palestinians to resume peace talks, deplores Iran for annihilation threats

01 October 2015 – At the same United Nations podium from which Mahmoud Abbas announced yesterday that he would no longer be bound by accords with Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today called on the Palestinian leader to begin immediate unconditional peace talks in a speech largely devoted to denouncing Iran for its threats to annihilate the Jewish State.

In UN address, Malaysia says awareness of true Islam can counter extremists’ ‘twisted narrative’

01 October 2015 – Denouncing the “warped ideology” of the Islamic State or Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, today urged the United Nations General Assembly to help spread awareness about the true nature of Islam, “which is nothing like that entity…that usurps its name.”

Future of Europe cannot be built on ‘ever-higher walls,’ Greek Prime Minister tells UN

01 October 2015 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Greece, said his country is striving to bolster regional security and supporting all efforts promoting peace and stability, even as it copes with three complex challenges – an economic crisis, unprecedented migration flows, and huge numbers of refugees from outside the region.

At UN, President of Montenegro urges broader respect for human rights

01 October 2015 – Addressing the General Assembly today, President Filip Vujanoviÿ of Montenegro spoke about his country’s intensification in efforts to improve human rights for all and to combat rights violations when they occur.