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Boko Haram violence an 'affront to humanity,' Ban declares, reaffirms UN support to Nigerian Government

04 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bomb attacks of 2 October in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the multiple suicide bombings of 1 October in the city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, all by suspected Boko Haram elements.

UN General Assembly President hails annual debate as ‘historic and seminal’

03 October 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly wound up its 70th annual General Debate today, attended by the highest number of Heads of State and Government ever, with Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft calling it a “historic” event crowned by the “truly seminal commitment” to achieving ambitious new development goals by 2030.

Côte d’Ivoire tells Assembly it stands as living example of UN’s role in averting chaos

03 October 2015 – Côte d’Ivoire, where the United Nations played a major role in restoring peace and stability after violently disputed presidential elections in 2010, stood before the General Assembly today to praise the world Organization for its “irreplaceable” contribution to advancing peace, security and development over the 70 years of its existence.

With transparent elections imminent, ‘dynamic democracy’ taking root in Guinea, Minster tells UN

03 October 2015 – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guinea, Francois Lounceny Fall, confirmed the imminent holding of presidential elections in his country, hailing the polls as a sign of a “democratic dynamic” taking root there.

Despite sanctions, Sudan remains determined to work towards new Global Goals, Minister tells UN

02 October 2015 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan told the United Nations General Assembly today that despite his country still being subjected to unilateral economic sanctions “which hinder the realization of its ambitions,” it is determined to ensure that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) complement the process of peace, stability and growth.

United Arab Emirates, at UN, calls for international partnerships to achieve Middle East peace

02 October 2015 – Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), addressed the United Nations General Assembly today and urged the international community to coordinate and build partnerships to achieve peace and security in the highly volatile Middle East region.

Island States at UN Assembly call for stronger global partnerships to tackle crises

02 October 2015 – Leaders from, small island States took their turn at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for the strengthening of cooperation between international organizations in solving global crises, from resolving conflicts to tackling climate change.

UN chief takes note of judgement by German court against Rwandan rebel leaders

02 October 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the trial judgement handed down by a German court against the President and Vice-President of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, also known as FDLR, which has committed war crimes in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Grenada joins regional call at UN for action on climate change

02 October 2015 – A framework for climate change “cannot wait,” Grenada’s Foreign Minister said today, joining other leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean calling for urgent action in the United Nations General Assembly.

Libya: Ban urges parties to reject violence, act quickly on draft peace plan

02 October 2015 – Stressing that 18 months of violence has only led Libya down a path of death, displacement and destruction, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to put aside their differences and act on the draft peace plan they have before them.