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Caribbean leaders, at UN Assembly, decry new financial rules; stress UN role in development

26 September 2016 – Declaring that Caribbean countries are being treated “as if they are hell on earth” due to new financial rules against tax havens, Bahamian Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to denounce the “immoral” withdrawal of normal banking services that inflict hardship on ordinary citizens.


UN-backed programme found to improve working conditions in global garment factories

26 September 2016 – A new study has found that a United Nations-backed programme aiming to promote competitiveness and improve the working conditions of more than one million workers in garment factories across seven developing countries has shown significant gains in both quality of life for workers and profitability for businesses.


On International Day, UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

26 September 2016 – The world faces growing nuclear dangers and tensions, yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a “standstill,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, reiterating a call for complete global nuclear disarmament as the international community marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.


At UN, Gulf State Ministers stress importance of ‘good neighbourliness’ in Middle East

26 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and Oman today expressed concerns about instability in the Middle East region, citing the links between peace and development, and emphasizing the importance of being good neighbours to each other.


Routinely ‘written off,’ Eritrea is rebounding and keen to achieve Global Goals, Minister tells UN

26 September 2016 – Telling the United Nations General Assembly that over the 25 years of Eritrea’s independence it has faced a “concerted onslaught” of difficulties – incessant hostility, occupation, and sanctions – the country’s Foreign Minister today said that resilient Eritrea and Eritreans, at home and abroad, were nevertheless able to fend off the attacks on their nation and protect their hard-won freedom.


At Security Council, UN envoy appeals for Russia and US cooperation to pull Syria 'away from the brink'

25 September 2016 – Amid the unprecedented military assault on eastern Aleppo, where fireballs from incendiary bombs “light up the pitch darkness,” the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today strongly appealed to the Security Council – particularly permanent members Russia and the United States – to rescue a recently collapsed cessation of hostilities, end the bloodshed and speed aid into the iconic city where, overall, some two million people remain under a de facto siege.


At UN, Syrian Minister says 'well-known' countries to blame for spread of terrorism in region and beyond

24 September 2016 – The blood of Syrians has not been enough to quench terrorism's thirst, Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem told the United Nations today, stressing that the scourge has claimed lives in other countries, “including those that have supported and sponsored it,” and further, these innocent people are now paying for the mistakes and short-sighted policies adopted by their governments.


Citing vulnerability of small islands, Pacific leaders urge early entry into force of Paris climate accord

23 September 2016 – Addressing the annual debate of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, leaders from Pacific Small Island Developing States underlined today the urgency of strong and committed action on the global pledges made for the planet and its people.


Leaders must decide whether to ‘go it alone,’ or work together for better world, Germany tells UN

23 September 2016 – The world has become an unsafe place for far too many people, and with so many challenges to address, at times, it seems all but hopeless, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, told the United Nations today, “but all of us politicians here have a choice – between resignation or engagement in the face of these crises” and working towards a better future for all.


Development requires an end to colonialism, Nicaraguan Vice-President tells UN

23 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Nicaragua’s Vice-President today warned that endemic poverty and inequality have become more noticeable than ever, both in developing and developed countries, especially in vulnerable and marginalized groups, including peoples living under colonial occupation and foreign intervention.