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17 stories found over the past 45 days
UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DR Congo, Libya, Ukraine and Burundi

27 September 2016 – At interactive dialogues on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Libya Ukraine, and Burundi, senior UN human rights officials and independent experts today urged the governments to take immediate steps to ensure protection of human rights in their respective countries.


At UN, Gulf State Ministers stress importance of ‘good neighbourliness’ in Middle East

26 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and Oman today expressed concerns about instability in the Middle East region, citing the links between peace and development, and emphasizing the importance of being good neighbours to each other.


Global integration key to attaining development and climate goals, African leaders tell UN Assembly

24 September 2016 – Stressing the primacy of the United Nations in forging the collective momentum needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle climate change, Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini of Swaziland told the General Assembly today that global integration is crucial to transforming the world.


Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.


Leaders must decide whether to ‘go it alone,’ or work together for better world, Germany tells UN

23 September 2016 – The world has become an unsafe place for far too many people, and with so many challenges to address, at times, it seems all but hopeless, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, told the United Nations today, “but all of us politicians here have a choice – between resignation or engagement in the face of these crises” and working towards a better future for all.


At UN, Russia blames Western ‘arrogance’ for bloodshed in Middle East and North Africa

23 September 2016 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today warned that some Western countries’ supremacy and exclusiveness undermined equitable international cooperation, calling on world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to support Russian initiatives in counter-terrorism and disarmament.


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.


At UN, European Union and member countries spotlight aid for refugees, conflict mediation

21 September 2016 – Massive displacement across borders has highlighted the power of fear and conflict more clearly than any other challenge, but the European Union’s actions have always been driven by empathy and a readiness to help those in need, its President told the United Nations General Assembly, which also heard several EU member States speak individually.


Saudi Arabia at General Assembly calls for urgent UN reforms to confront world crises

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.


In war on terrorism Egypt’s leader tells UN Assembly UNESCO has cultural role to play

20 September 2016 – Calling terrorism “the cancer of our age […] that breeds the call for extremism and violence in the minds of people,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today urged the United Nations to use cultural ‘weapons’ to eliminate destructive ideologies via access to knowledge, transfer of technology and confronting extremist ideologies.