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Latin American, Caribbean nations at UN highlight unique challenges, climate change woes

30 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this morning, Suriname’s Foreign Minister Winston Guno Lackin called on the United Nations to “develop the muscles” needed to democratize itself and move away from the “restrictive” veto power.


Myanmar calls during Assembly debate for UN development aid to solve communal fighting

29 September 2014 – Taking the podium at the General Assembly today, Myanmar called on the United Nations to provide development aid for its troubled Rakhine state, where tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities have affected hundreds of thousands of families.


At UN debate, African leaders say global sustainability agenda must reflect local realities

29 September 2014 – With a new sustainable development agenda as the focus of this year’s annual General Assembly debate, African leaders today called on the United Nations to take into consideration the continent’s specific realities and challenges.


Development, political process top agenda for African leaders addressing UN Assembly

27 September 2014 – The Vice-President of Burundi today told the United Nations General Assembly that his country would consider it erroneous to abandon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and “reset the counter to zero” after the 2015 deadline for reaching those landmark targets.


Africa’s concerns must figure high in new development agenda, African leaders tell UN

26 September 2014 – Availing themselves of the spotlight afforded by the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, African leaders served notice today that the multi-year United Nations agenda for sustainable development now being drawn up must address fully their continent’s specific concerns.


Peru’s President says development must align with core UN Charter principles

25 September 2014 – Among several speakers from the Latin American and Caribbean region addressing the General Assembly today, Peru’s President, Ollanta Humala Tasso, outlined in his address, several ways his country was making strides in sustainable development without straying away from the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, such as peace and security and human rights.


Leaders of small island developing states call for bigger voice in UN decision-making

25 September 2014 – As the first head of a small island developing state to today address the annual General Assembly debate in New York, Gaston Browne called for a democratization of the United Nations to give a greater voice to countries that are marginalized “because we are considered too small to make a difference.”


‘The future of Africa is in unity’, says Niger’s President, among continental leaders at UN Assembly

25 September 2014 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly at its annual high-level debate, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger warned today against attempts to balkanize Africa and underscored that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda need to be anchored in the “three D’s”: defense, democracy and development.


Spotlighting regional issues, UN reform, Latin American leaders address General Assembly

24 September 2014 – Nicolas Maduro Moros, President of Venezuela called for an in deep transformation of the United Nations by revamping leadership of the Security Council and strengthening the clout of the Secretary-General.


At UN Assembly, Ugandan President among African leaders highlighting continent’s unified vision

24 September 2014 – Calling for economic and security partnerships, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the first of several African leaders today addressing the high-level opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly, highlighted the growing potential of investment and partnerships with countries on the continent.