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‘Pragmatism, not populism’ will overcome global inertia, Chilean President tells UN

21 September 2016 – Tackling the pressing challenges currently facing all countries and regions requires a major shift in perspective, Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, told the General Assembly today, calling for a more effective an efficient United Nations that can be the locus of “more multilateralism, more cooperation and more dialogue,” to meet the long-sought demands of the world’s people.


At UN, Italy’s leader calls for a world based on hope – not resentment, hatred and fear

20 September 2016 – Closing out the first day of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, echoed the earlier statement of the United States President, highlighting how the world has become divided into one of fear and another of courage; between anger and opportunity.


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.


At UN, Southern African leaders underline importance of regional efforts for sustainable development

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.


UN official unveils draft principles on protecting human rights of refugees and migrants

20 September 2016 – A senior United Nations official today unveiled a draft set of principles that urge the international community to build on the momentum created by the adoption yesterday, by UN Member States, of a landmark declaration on protecting the rights of refugees and migrants by including the critical issue of human rights in all discussions focusing on large-scale, perilous and irregular migration movements.


At UN Assembly, South American leaders spotlight efforts to tackle corruption, drug trafficking

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.


Non-communicable diseases ‘make poverty even worse,’ Uruguay President warns UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Uruguay’s President today warned against non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular ailments, cancer, diabetes and chronic pulmonary pathologies, which he said are the main causes of death particularly in low- and middle-income countries.


UN officials condemn attacks against aid convoy and warehouse in rural Aleppo

20 September 2016 – Top United Nations officials have condemned attacks last night against a UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy, as well as a SARC warehouse and health clinic in Urum al-Kubra (Big Orem), northwest of Aleppo city in Syria, in which about 20 civilians and one SARC staff member were killed and vital food and medical assistance was destroyed.


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.


Mobile app raises awareness of Global Goals, connects people who want to make a difference

19 September 2016 – In collaboration with partners, the United Nations has launched a mobile application to provide a global forum for industry, governments and individual citizens to collectively realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).