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At UN, Turkish Prime Minister urges action to end Syrian crisis

30 September 2015 – Recalling the heart-rending story of the little boy whose lifeless body washed up on a beach in Turkey last month, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today urged the United Nations to take swift action to address the deepening crisis in Syria and to protect the millions of people “fleeing war and tyranny.”

Central American leaders say UN must be reformed and democratized to tackle today’s crises

30 September 2015 – As the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly entered its third day, leaders from Central America stressed reform of United Nations institutions and the urgent need to bolster multilateral relations between States.

Citing Israeli violations, Palestinian leader renounces security, political accords at UN Assembly

30 September 2015 – On the day that the Palestinian flag was raised at United Nations Headquarters for the first time, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today renounced political and security accords with Israel, saying it must now resume its responsibilities as occupying Power, due to its continual violations of the 20-year-old agreements.

At Security Council, Ban underscores shared responsibility to resolve Mid-east conflicts

30 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for using all the tools available to the United Nations to help steer the Middle East and North Africa towards a path of freedom, safety and dignity, citing in particular the obligation of the international community to ensure a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria and accountability for serious crimes committed there.

At UN, President of Sri Lanka details country’s ‘new vision’ built on sustainability and reconciliation

30 September 2015 – After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting that his Government supports a “fresh universal approach” that deals honestly with the past while pursuing sustainable development.

Urging global assistance for Syrian refugees, European Union at UN says ‘everyone can offer help’

29 September 2015 – With Europe confronting its worst refugee crisis since World War II, the continent’s leaders mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for global action to end the conflict in war-torn Syria and elsewhere that has sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to their shores.

Fighting terrorism and drug trafficking are key priority’s for Tajikistan, President tells UN Assembly

29 September 2015 – Taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, Emomali Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan, stressed that combating terrorism and extremism, and curbing drug trafficking are some of the top priorities for his country.

UNICEF advocate Orlando Bloom urges protection of refugee and migrant children

29 September 2015 – Actor and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Orlando Bloom called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe.

At General Assembly, Ukrainian President says country suffering ‘brutal violation’ of UN Charter

29 September 2015 – Ukraine is suffering from a brutal violation of the fundamental norms and principles of the United Nations Charter, President Petro Poroshenko told world leaders today at the annual General Assembly debate.

Growing threat of violent extremism demands unified response, UN chief tells summit

29 September 2015 – Addressing the growing threat posed by violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, goes to the heart of the mission of the United Nations and requires a unified response, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today at a high-level event held in New York.