UN News stories

73 stories found over the past 45 days
At UN, Russia blames Western ‘arrogance’ for bloodshed in Middle East and North Africa

23 September 2016 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today warned that some Western countries’ supremacy and exclusiveness undermined equitable international cooperation, calling on world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to support Russian initiatives in counter-terrorism and disarmament.

Haiti awaits full implementation of UN pledges on cholera outbreak, President tells Assembly

23 September 2016 – Warning of a “significant humanitarian deterioration” following fresh outbreaks of cholera in his country, Haitian President Jocelerme Privert took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for swift implementation of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s urgent appeal for redoubled efforts to fight the scourge and aid its victims.

Security Council adopts resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament

23 September 2016 – Reaffirming that proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and their means of delivery, threatens international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging all States who haven't done so to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

At UN, Albania highlights efforts to join EU, support for international recognition of Kosovo

23 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Albanian President Bujar Nishani today highlighted his country's role as a candidate for European Union (EU) membership and voiced support for Kosovo’s participation in all multilateral regional and international activities.

Papua New Guinea decries lack of democracy, female representation in UN bodies

22 September 2016 – Calling for reform of United Nations institutions, Papua New Guinea today deplored from the General Assembly podium the lack of democratic principles shown by the pre-eminence of the 15-member Security Council over the 193-member Assembly.

Equatorial Guinea’s Foreign Minister urges unity among UN Member States to face ‘complicated world’

22 September 2016 – At the UN General Assembly this afternoon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Equatorial Guinea, Agapito Mba Mokuy, said the world is witnessing an overwhelming and incessant wave of immigrants who are fleeing from conflict zones, particularly in Iraq and Syria, as well as in Africa, towards Europe, in the hope of finding a tranquil area in which to live.

UN human rights expert calls on US to halt construction of North Dakota oil pipeline

22 September 2016 – A United Nations human rights experts today called on the United States to halt the construction of an oil pipeline in the state of North Dakota, citing significant risks to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the potential destruction of their burial grounds and sacred sites.

At UN, European leaders stress importance of international cooperation to tackle global challenges

22 September 2016 – Emphasizing in an address to the United Nations today the magnitude of the challenges confronting the world, the Prime Minister of Norway underlined that effective international cooperation is essential to address poverty, conflicts, climate change, migration and terrorism.

Post-9/11 security policies may be genesis of today’s borderless violent extremism, Iran tells UN

22 September 2016 – The century that began with terror in New York City should not continue with the spread of hatred, violence and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, told the United Nations General Assembly today, underscoring that the most pressing issue that world leaders need to address is how to tackle terrorism in a comprehensive manner.

Small island States threatened by rising seas call at UN General Assembly for urgent mitigation

21 September 2016 – Small island Pacific States threatened with disappearing under the flood of rising oceans took the podium at the General Assembly today to warn that the United Nations remains their last best hope as climate change outpaces efforts to counter it.