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US President Obama urges world to eschew division and pursue global integration at UN Assembly

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.

As ‘environment powerhouse,’ Brazil to join Paris climate accord, President tells UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – Following the tradition of being the first Head of State to address the annual United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, the President of Brazil today pledged that his country will formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change by depositing its instrument of ratification at a special event tomorrow with the UN Secretary-General.

Global Goals ‘simple answer’ to delivering results world so desperately needs – UN Assembly President

20 September 2016 – While it is evident the 2030 Agenda is being increasingly used as the framework for improved national development plans around the world, “we are far from where we need to be,” the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today, opening the 193-member body’s annual general debate with a strong call to do more to end conflict, erase poverty and bolster human rights for all.

Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

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.”

UN atomic chief reports on agency’s role in nuclear safety, sustainable development, combating illness

19 September 2016 – In his address to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, the agency’s Director-General, highlighted work in various areas, including nuclear applications, nuclear safety and security, safeguards and technical cooperation, and modernizing a new pest control facility to tackle vector-brome diseases such as Zika.

INTERVIEW: Margaret Anstee – first woman to become UN Under-Secretary-General

19 September 2016 – “A woman of firsts,”is perhaps only a summary description of Dame Margaret Anstee, the first woman to serve as a United Nations Under-Secretary-General.

Syria: UN relief chief 'disappointed' that aid workers still unable to safely access eastern Aleppo

19 September 2016 – Expressing disappointment that humanitarian actors have not been able to reach eastern Aleppo in Syria, the United Nations humanitarian chief urged all parties to the conflict to facilitate regular and sustained access to the besieged and hard-to-reach areas across the country.

FEATURE: Music for the children of Yarmouk – and all refugees

16 September 2016 – “I took my piano and made it everything: my work, and my studies at university; to teach children music,” begins Ayham al-Ahmad, in an interview with United Nations Radio, ahead of a UN summit on large movements of refugees and migrants on 19 September 2016.

FEATURE: Curtain rises on world's busiest diplomatic arena at UN Headquarters

16 September 2016 – As world leaders gather in New York in the coming days, the curtain will soon rise on the busiest diplomatic season of the year at the United Nations Headquarters.

‘We cannot let innocent people be buried by indifference,’ says Ban, receiving #WithRefugees petition

16 September 2016 – Just days before the 19 September Summit for Refugees and Migrants, at a ceremony in New York today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted a 1.3 million signature-strong petition that expressed solidarity with millions of refugees.