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52 stories found over the past 45 days
With transparent elections imminent, ‘dynamic democracy’ taking root in Guinea, Minster tells UN

03 October 2015 – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guinea, Francois Lounceny Fall, confirmed the imminent holding of presidential elections in his country, hailing the polls as a sign of a “democratic dynamic” taking root there.

Only through wide-scale reforms will UN keep pace with changing times, Myanmar tells Assembly

02 October 2015 – Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call for reforms of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, to keep pace with a changing world.

UN chief takes note of judgement by German court against Rwandan rebel leaders

02 October 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the trial judgement handed down by a German court against the President and Vice-President of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, also known as FDLR, which has committed war crimes in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

One of Africa’s longest-standing refugee situations set to end soon, says UN agency

02 October 2015 – Delegations from Rwanda and 11 major host countries in Africa, the African Union and the United Nations refugee agency today agreed on a timetable to resolve the situation of Rwandan refugees who fled between 1959 and 1998 – one of the world’s longest-standing displacement situations.

UN chief expresses condolences following mass shooting at Oregon college

02 October 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep sadness in the wake of the mass shooting that took place yesterday at a college in the state of Oregon in the United States.

Burkina Faso’s transition won't be stalled by those ‘rowing against current of history,’ says President at UN

02 October 2015 – Thanking the international community for strongly condemning the recent coup d’état in Burkina Faso, and for backing the transition he is leading, President Michel Kafando today called upon the United Nations General Assembly to continue supporting the county’s efforts “to anchor true democracy,” through to the holding of free and transparent elections.

Libya: Ban urges parties to reject violence, act quickly on draft peace plan

02 October 2015 – Stressing that 18 months of violence has only led Libya down a path of death, displacement and destruction, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to put aside their differences and act on the draft peace plan they have before them.

‘To transform the world, UN must transform itself,’ Viet Nam tells General Assembly

02 October 2015 – Welcoming the adoption of the bold new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam told Member States today that “to transform our world, the United Nations needs to transform itself,” stressing that the work of the General Assembly needs to be revitalized to make it more focused, efficient and relevant.

At UN Assembly, speakers from African nations spotlight sustainable development, efforts to combat terrorism

02 October 2015 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Jean-Claude Gakosso, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Congo, was among several African leaders who stressed the crucial links between peace and security and socio-economic development, and deplored ongoing acts of terrorism on the continent.

Nepalese Minister calls at UN for enhanced partnerships to address global challenges

01 October 2015 – Noting that the number of least developed countries (LDCs) has grown from 25 to 48 since 1971, with only four countries “graduating” from this status, the Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal today told the United Nations General Assembly that their struggle has been “unfairly long.”