20 September 2016 – Religious leaders from different faiths met at the United Nations in New York today, at an event where Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, said that manipulation of religion – which feeds on people’s fears and can eclipse human reason – fuels religious conflict.
20 September 2016 – Addressing world leaders today at the United Nations today, Béji Caïd Essebsi, the President of Tunisia, said this year’s general debate is taking place as his country marked the sixtieth anniversary of its independence and therefore is an opportunity to reaffirm Tunisia’s commitment to promoting peace and security, human rights and development.
20 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, said that for more than seven decades, the diverse members of the world body had been working for a better future.
20 September 2016 – Warning that corruption undermines achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call on all countries to sign up to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
20 September 2016 – The President of Slovenia said today that the world is witnessing a digital transformation and there is no doubt that soon, that change will substantially affect every aspect of social life, at the local, regional, and international levels.
20 September 2016 – In his address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of Fiji, underscored that “first and foremost, we have placed sustainable development at the core of our national agenda.”
20 September 2016 – Calling terrorism “the cancer of our age […] that breeds the call for extremism and violence in the minds of people,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today urged the United Nations to use cultural ‘weapons’ to eliminate destructive ideologies via access to knowledge, transfer of technology and confronting extremist ideologies.
20 September 2016 – In their respective addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, Southern African leaders stressed the importance of regional efforts, such as within the African continent through the African Union (AU) to realize a better and sustainable future for all.
20 September 2016 – Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina, was among several leaders from South America addressing the opening day of the United Nations General Assembly who highlighted the need to tackle challenges that affected his region, but also the world: eradicating poverty; addressing climate change; and combating drug trafficking and violence associated with organized crime.
20 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time, Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said her country has always been an outward-facing, global partner at the heart of international efforts to secure peace and prosperity since the first Assembly meeting was held in London in 1946.