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In UN Assembly, Liechtenstein denounces Security Council’s ‘shameful indifference’ on Syria

24 September 2016 – Accusing the United Nations Security Council of “shameful indifference” and “failure” in stopping the mass atrocities committed in Syria, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call on the 15-member body to face up to its responsibilities with a change of political culture.


Southeast Asian leaders at General Assembly call for a strengthened more democratic UN

23 September 2016 – Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call for global cooperation in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and United Nations reform in tackling the multiple crises facing the world.


At UN Assembly, Comoros urges swift implementation of Agenda 2030 to stem refugee flows

23 September 2016 – Comoros President Azali Assoumani today called for swift implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty, hunger and a host of other social ills by 2030, telling the United Nations General Assembly this is the surest way to end of the flood of refugees currently afflicting the world.


African leaders at UN discuss efforts to ensure vibrant private sector, transparent elections

23 September 2016 – Among the African leaders taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, Guinea’s President stressed that Africa needs deep structural transformations and a vibrant private sector to reduce vulnerability and build up the continent’s resilience.


Small island nations urge UN General Assembly to act to save their very existence

22 September 2016 – Leaders of low-lying island States threatened with being flooded out of existence by rising seas again took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to appeal for urgent action even as the Paris Agreement moves forward to counter climate change.


Agriculture and food system transformation needed on pathway to zero hunger – Ban

22 September 2016 – While the world has seen some progress on combatting the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, the challenge of providing the fundamental right to adequate food to all people must remain a priority, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging Member States to continue to work together to tackle the problem.


Women’s empowerment vital for global development, Lithuanian leader tells UN Assembly

22 September 2016 – Only by fully empowering women can the world achieve the ambitious development goals it has set itself and confront the multiple crises and threats that beset it, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told the United Nations General Assembly today.


Despite progress on Global Goals, Bangladesh faces ‘new wave of terrorism,’ Prime Minister tells UN

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, today said that her country has already mainstreamed most Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its national development plans.


Global cooperation vital to achieve Agenda 2030, Thai leader tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that global cooperation is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to eliminate poverty, hunger and a host of social ills by 2030, on the second day of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate.


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.