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In UN Assembly address, Bahrain focuses on regional crises, sustainable development

02 October 2015 – Adressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain, stressed the role of environment in sustainable development and the importance of joint action to address climate change in the hope that the climate conference in Paris would reach a binding and ambitious agreement, particularly on repercussions to small island developing States.

Given global tensions, Alliance of Civilizations needed more than ever – UN officials

01 October 2015 – United Nations officials today stressed the ever-growing importance of the Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), especially in light of the rising xenophobia, intolerance and extremism being witnessed in various parts of the world.

Unlocking potential of least developed countries must be litmus test of Global Goals – Ban

01 October 2015 – The world’s poorest nations not only face vast challenges, they represent enormous reservoirs of untapped potential, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated today, adding that unlocking this potential will be the litmus test of the new global sustainable developed agenda.

At UN Assembly, Georgian leader warns of region’s security threats

01 October 2015 – In his address at the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Irakli Garibashvili, Georgia’s Prime Minister said his country is building democracy even in the face of security threats in the region, and condemned Russia’s ongoing annexation of its territories.

African leaders say UN Security Council must be reformed to include voice of their continent

01 October 2015 – The Vice-President of Angola, Manuel Domingos Vicente, was the first of several African leaders to address the United Nations General Assembly today, spotlighting, among other issues, the possibility of Security Council reform and the growing threat of terrorism.

Pacific islands play vital role in advancing action on climate change, Ban tells leaders

01 October 2015 – Located on the frontlines of climate change, Pacific island nations have a crucial role to play in efforts to advance a sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the region’s leaders as they met today at United Nations Headquarters.

On International Day, UN highlights urban sustainability and inclusiveness of older persons

01 October 2015 – The United Nations is today urging countries to improve older persons’ accessibility to urban infrastructure, facilities and services as two phenomena – rapid urbanization and ageing populations – are combining to dramatically change the face the world’s cities in the coming decades.

As world embarks on Global Goals, African leaders at UN urge ongoing focus on continent’s challenges

30 September 2015 – Among the host of African leaders addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Togo, Faaure Essozimnia Gnassingbé, stressed the need for continued support to the continent – as well as ongoing cooperation with the vital work of the African Union – to ensure that gains of the past decades could be maintained and bolstered in the face of lingering poverty, terrorist activities and weak governance systems in some areas.

‘The time for excuses is over,’ small island leaders tell UN, urging global action on climate change

30 September 2015 – Speaking today at the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Fiji, along with the leaders of other small island developing States, warned of the existential threat of climate change and looked forward to the possibility of consensus at an upcoming UN climate conference in Paris.

New UN treatment guidelines say all people with HIV should get antiretrovirals

30 September 2015 – Anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today, as it issued new guidelines that could help avert more than 21 million deaths and 28 million new infections by 2030.