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Central African Republic has ‘turned its back on past dark days,’ President tells UN

23 September 2016 – Taking the podium today at the General Assembly, Faustin Archange Touadera, President of the Central African Republic (CAR), paid tribute to the entire United Nations system and all those in the wider international community that helped his country return to stability and constitutional legality, as he set out his four-pronged framework to continue the momentum towards lasting peace.

UN’s development work must heed calls of the most vulnerable, says Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister

22 September 2016 – Noting that the 2016 is the first year for the United Nations to implement the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea underscored that the role of the global organization is more crucial than ever in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

Guatemala’s President, at UN debate, pledges open government, zero-tolerance for corruption

22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, voiced his commitment to fight the corruption that weakens institutions.

Migration challenges must be met with ‘conviction and compassion,’ Prime Minister of Malta tells UN

22 September 2016 – Highlighting the magnitude of the refugee and migration crisis, the Prime Minister of Malta said that the outcomes of the recent United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants will provide impetus to the work on addressing this challenge, the likes of which the world has not seen since World War II.

Political accord remains key to resolving crisis in Libya, Presidency Council Chair tells UN Assembly

22 September 2016 – The Chairman of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Mustafa Faiez Serraj, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the political agreement signed by the Libyan parties remains the solution to the current crisis in the North African country.

‘World is at a crossroads,’ President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia tells UN

22 September 2016 – The world is at a crossroads of numerous crises, with the international community having entered a phase of fundamental changes in the global order and being faced with transformations that are both hard to stop and to control, the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Protecting cultural heritage from combatants promotes human rights and universal values – Ban

22 September 2016 – Safeguarding cultural property that combatants aim to damage encompasses part of larger endeavours to defend human rights and universal values, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to intensify efforts to protect such treasures and end their illicit trafficking.

DR Congo: UN rights chief warns of deteriorating situation in wake of deadly clashes

22 September 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today strongly warned of the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of violent clashes between protestors and security forces earlier this week, insisting that those who committed the killings and other human rights violations during these incidents must be held accountable in order to avert a major crisis.

At UN, Israel’s Netanyahu says conflict is ‘not about settlements’ but existence of a Jewish State

22 September 2016 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never been about settlements, or about establishing a Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly today, saying “it’s always been about the existence of a Jewish State […] in any boundary.”

UN human rights expert calls on US to halt construction of North Dakota oil pipeline

22 September 2016 – A United Nations human rights experts today called on the United States to halt the construction of an oil pipeline in the state of North Dakota, citing significant risks to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the potential destruction of their burial grounds and sacred sites.