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World leaders spotlight 2030 Agenda, climate action at UN General Assembly’s annual debate

26 September 2016 – Speaking on behalf of Peter Thomson, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, one of the 193-member body’s Vice-Presidents, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Ambassador of Nepal, said he was encouraged by the fact that many UN Member States have already embedded the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their national plans and policies.


Syria: Joint UN-Red Crescent relief convoy reaches besieged cities for first time in five months

26 September 2016 – The United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have delivered life-saving food aid to 60,000 people under siege in four Syrian towns, their first supplies since April, but extreme concern persists for 250,000 people trapped in Aleppo, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.


At Security Council, UN envoy appeals for Russia and US cooperation to pull Syria 'away from the brink'

25 September 2016 – Amid the unprecedented military assault on eastern Aleppo, where fireballs from incendiary bombs “light up the pitch darkness,” the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today strongly appealed to the Security Council – particularly permanent members Russia and the United States – to rescue a recently collapsed cessation of hostilities, end the bloodshed and speed aid into the iconic city where, overall, some two million people remain under a de facto siege.


United Arab Emirates, in UN debate, says Iran’s actions destabilized region

24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates today expressed concern over Iran’s actions that caused “tension and instability in the region.”


2030 Agenda should be on ‘the walls of every planning ministry,’ Iceland tells world leaders at UN

24 September 2016 – Emphasizing that the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s “common roadmap” to sustainability, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland underlined the need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on time.


In UN Assembly, Liechtenstein denounces Security Council’s ‘shameful indifference’ on Syria

24 September 2016 – Accusing the United Nations Security Council of “shameful indifference” and “failure” in stopping the mass atrocities committed in Syria, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call on the 15-member body to face up to its responsibilities with a change of political culture.


Citing vulnerability of small islands, Pacific leaders urge early entry into force of Paris climate accord

23 September 2016 – Addressing the annual debate of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, leaders from Pacific Small Island Developing States underlined today the urgency of strong and committed action on the global pledges made for the planet and its people.


Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.


Development requires an end to colonialism, Nicaraguan Vice-President tells UN

23 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Nicaragua’s Vice-President today warned that endemic poverty and inequality have become more noticeable than ever, both in developing and developed countries, especially in vulnerable and marginalized groups, including peoples living under colonial occupation and foreign intervention.


Armenian Minister, at UN, highlights national efforts for social and economic development

23 September 2016 – Noting the progress made by Armenia in the past 25 years, including strengthening its democratic institutions, good governance, protection of human rights and advancing economic reforms, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted that the needs of the country’s most vulnerable groups form the core of its development strategy 2014-2025.