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Portugal's António Guterres emerges as favourite for next UN Secretary-General

05 October 2016 – Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation.

UN peacekeeping chief urges follow-up action to consolidate peace in Darfur

04 October 2016 – The security situation in Darfur, Sudan, remains volatile and the humanitarian impact of the conflict significant, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today, calling on the Government of Sudan and the international community at large to address the current challenges in the country.

South Sudan: 100,000 people trapped in Yei, UN refugee agency warns

30 September 2016 – Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for some 100,000 people trapped in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where the security situation deteriorated rapidly after renewed conflict broke out in Juba, the capital, in early July, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Sudan is committed to dialogue and will ‘knock on every door in pursuit of peace,’ Minister tells UN

24 September 2016 – In his address to the General Assembly today, Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sudan, said the 2030 Agenda and other frameworks before the United Nations are vital for all countries and he hopes that calls for reform will be heeded so the Organization becomes a true platform for implementing principles of international legality and “a bulwark for justice.”

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.

At UN Assembly, South Sudan calls for more talks on additional peacekeepers

23 September 2016 – South Sudan’s vice-president today assured the General Assembly of further steps toward deploying 4,000 more United Nations peacekeepers after this summer’s resurgence of a civil war that has engulfed the world’s newest country for most of its five years of life.

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.

West African nations committed to fighting terrorism in subregion, Liberian President tells UN

22 September 2016 – Noting that the United Nations General Assembly is taking place at a time when there is escalation of conflicts engulfing millions of people in many parts of the world, Liberia’s President today stressed that West African States are collectively demonstrating their commitment and preparedness to combat terrorism affecting the subregion.

Côte d’Ivoire leader urges donors to respect development commitments to ensure ‘no one is left behind’

22 September 2016 – Emphasizing his country’s economic health, Alassane Ouattara, the President of Côte d'Ivoire, told the United Nations General Assembly today that it will mobilize the necessary resources to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and announced that his country would deposit the instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year.

‘This is no longer a time for promises,’ African leaders tell UN, urging action on Global Goals

22 September 2016 – While the current session of the United Nations General Assembly has opened in a context marked by turmoil, Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon said this morning there are nevertheless some “bright spots and glimmers of hope,” including the adoption by Member States of landmark agreements on climate change, development financing and sustainable development.