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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.

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.

In Assembly address, Russian President stresses national sovereignty within context of UN Charter

28 September 2015 – Stressing the unique legitimacy, representation and universality of the United Nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned today that many of the crises facing the world have been exacerbated by countries acting against sovereign States outside the UN Charter.

Divided peninsula ‘last remaining vestige of Cold War,’ Republic of Korea President tells UN

28 September 2015 – In her address to the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea (ROK) cited the Iranian nuclear deal as she urged the international community to focus on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.

UN ideals point the way to solving the world’s crises, US President tells annual Assembly debate

28 September 2015 – Warning against those who advocate authoritarianism and a return to the era of “might makes right” in the face of global disorder, United States President Barak Obama today gave a ringing endorsement of the lasting universality of the United Nations principles of freedom, prosperity and equality for all.

At UN Assembly, Brazilian President urges solidarity towards Global Goals, tackling refugee crisis

28 September 2015 – Following the tradition of being the first Head of State to address the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today, in a wide-ranging address, stressed, among other issues, her country’s improved economy after the 2008 economic crisis and its efforts to provide refuge for migrants stranded across Europe.

Global Goals will only be realized in a world of peace, security and respect for human rights – UN Assembly President

28 September 2015 – Never before has such a large share of humanity enjoyed so good a life, “yet never before have we been at greater risk of fundamentally disrupting the basic living conditions on our small globe,” the President of the General Assembly warned today, challenging the United Nations to generate the political will to end conflict and poverty and invest the trillions of dollars that will be needed to build a sustainable global infrastructure over the next 15 years.

UN General Assembly's annual debate opens with focus on sustainable development

27 September 2015 – Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers will gather by the scores at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for the General Assembly's annual General Debate, with a small island State that symbolizes the combat against climate change – an urgent threat to global sustainability – set to occupy the first seat.