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In wake of Hurricane Irma, UN launches $55 million plan to assist Cubans in need

19 September 2017 – The United Nations system in Cuba today launched an action plan requiring $55.8 million to address the urgent needs of over 2 million people severely affected by Irma, the strongest hurricane ever reported in the Atlantic.


At UN, Central European leaders spotlight development, countering terrorism and securing peace

19 September 2017 – Sustainable development, ensuring peace and security and protecting human rights are the basic goals of the international community and the foundations of the United Nations system, Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, told the General Assembly today.


At General Assembly, France urges return to optimism, values that underpinned UN’s founding

19 September 2017 – Citing a litany of world crises and quoting directly from victims of man-made and natural disasters, French President Emmanuel Macron today called for a return to the optimism and universal values that inspired the founding of the United Nations 72 years ago, taking into the account the new realities of the 21st century.


All nations should embrace their sovereignty, US President tells world leaders at UN Assembly

19 September 2017 – Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.


UN General Assembly’s annual debate to ‘focus on people,’ ensuring decent life for all

18 September 2017 – Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the general debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change, and set the stage for what the President of the UN General Assembly has dubbed a “year of firsts.”


Iran implementing its nuclear commitments, UN atomic agency chief stresses

18 September 2017 – Iran is implementing its commitments under “the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime,” the United Nations atomic agency head said today, while at the same time voicing “grave concern” at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear programme.


More than 120 countries back pledged reforms to shape ‘21st century UN’

18 September 2017 – More than 120 countries today declared their support for a series of reforms aimed at overhauling the United Nations bureaucracy to make the world body stronger and more responsive to the people it serves.


Put people before profits, UN urges in annual trade report

14 September 2017 – Noting that the world economy in 2017 “is picking up but not taking off,” a new United Nations trade and development report has cautioned against fiscal austerity and harnessing finance to support job creation and infrastructure investment.


PODCAST: How the UN’s cybercrime unit is helping to track paedophiles and protect children

12 September 2017 – Not everyone online is who they say they are. That is the message from the latest UN News podcast, The Lid is On.


At close of 71st General Assembly, outgoing President stresses sustainability

11 September 2017 – The United Nations General Assembly today closed its 71st session with a focus on sustainable development, as outgoing president Peter Thomson handed over the gavel to his successor, Miroslav Lajčák.