22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic today stressed that his country refuses to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo and is committed to find a political settlement through the European Union-facilitated dialogue.
22 September 2016 – Recalling Pope Francis’ message to the General Assembly, last year, where he defined the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as an important sign of hope, Pietro Parolin, Observer of the Holy See, said that the Pope reiterated his appreciation for the actions taken by the United Nations and encouraged all to put these ambitious objectives into practice.
21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, stressed the need to resist “the rising tide of protectionism” but most importantly “the threat of conflict and instability.”
21 September 2016 – The United Nations needs urgent reform to confront the challenges now facing the world, from the Palestinian-Israel conflict and the bloody wars in Syria and Yemen to countering terrorism and tackling the refugee crisis, Saudi Arabia warned the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.
21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the members of the Security Council to fully support his Special Envoy in working on convening formal talks seeking to resolve the Syria conflict and developing proposals for future talks, or risk destroying the international community's credibility in being able to uphold “our common humanity.”
20 September 2016 – In his address to the UN General Assembly, Don Felipe VI, the King of Spain, stressed his country’s respect for the UN Charter as well as its support of implementing the key aims of the Organization, including the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the tackling climate change, which is a “global priority” and the key to leaving a better world for future generations.
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 – France launched a threefold appeal at the United Nations General Assembly today for the swift implementation of last December’s Paris accord on climate change, a major increase in aid for Africa, and an immediate ceasefire in Syria and the provision of humanitarian aid.
20 September 2016 – In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as United States President, Barack Obama today delivered a ringing appeal for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism, even as he called for a course correction.
20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”