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At UN Assembly, Dominican Republic President underlines need to reduce inequalities

21 September 2016 – Underlining that the fight against poverty and inequality has great potential for long-term transformation, the President of the Dominican Republic today in his address to the United Nations general Assembly called for a sustained focus on those who have been recently lifted out of poverty, given that they face distinct vulnerabilities.


Japanese Prime Minister Abe calls for resolute UN action against DPR Korea’s nuclear threat

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, today urged the UN Security Council to show an “unmistakable attitude” towards the threat to international peace and security posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which he said has launched 21 ballistic missiles and conducted two nuclear tests this year alone.


Africa needs ‘fair chance’ to trade, not sympathy or aid, Ghana’s President tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – What Africa needs is not development assistance from developed countries but “a fair chance” to trade with the rest of the world, the President of Ghana today told the United Nations General Assembly.


‘No compromises’ in implementation of 2030 Agenda, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Zimbabwe underscored that compromises or half-measures, which were unavoidable, even inevitable, in developing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have no place in its implementation phase.


Central American leaders at UN Assembly spotlight region's efforts to address transport, migration issues

20 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, President of Panama, emphasized that Panama is a country of dialogue and consultation – a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and peace-loving nation, in which people from around the world who have made the country their new homeland coexist and collaborate peacefully.


King of Spain stresses support for 2030 Agenda, climate change action at UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – In his address to the UN General Assembly, Don Felipe VI, the King of Spain, stressed his country’s respect for the UN Charter as well as its support of implementing the key aims of the Organization, including the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the tackling climate change, which is a “global priority” and the key to leaving a better world for future generations.


Mongolia’s President cites ‘essential’ nature of sustainable development, UN goal to ‘leave no one behind’

20 September 2016 – Achieving sustainable development is essential “because no one in the world should be left behind and deprived of the right to development,” the President of Mongolia told the United Nations General Assembly today, urging the international community to work together towards a world where everyone could have a dignified life, free from poverty, violence and depression.


At UN, Slovak President warns against leaders caring more about retaining power than improving lives

20 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly’s general debate today, Andrej Kiska, the President of Slovakia, warned that there is “a real danger” spreading again – the rise of nationalism, extremism, racism and bigotry in many parts of the world.


As ‘environment powerhouse,’ Brazil to join Paris climate accord, President tells UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – Following the tradition of being the first Head of State to address the annual United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, the President of Brazil today pledged that his country will formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change by depositing its instrument of ratification at a special event tomorrow with the UN Secretary-General.


Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”