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UN rights chief urges Mexico to end ‘misery’ of enforced disappearances and torture

08 October 2015 – Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless “bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official visit to the country.

Marking World Habitat Day, UN highlights importance of public spaces for all

05 October 2015 – Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of “Public spaces for all.”

Speakers from Latin American region urge ‘results, not promises’ on UN goals

02 October 2015 – The Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, addressing the General Assembly today, highlighted both the new UN development agenda and the need to tackle climate change.

Without system-wide reform, UN may fall short of primary objectives, says Indonesian Minister

02 October 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, the Vice-President of Indonesia, remarked that despite the achievements UN has made over the past 70 years, the Organization may fall short of meeting its primary objectives, such as peace and security for all, unless system-wide reform is immediately undertaken.

Despite sanctions, Sudan remains determined to work towards new Global Goals, Minister tells UN

02 October 2015 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan told the United Nations General Assembly today that despite his country still being subjected to unilateral economic sanctions “which hinder the realization of its ambitions,” it is determined to ensure that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) complement the process of peace, stability and growth.

Colombia: UN envoy welcomes parties’ agreement on no amnesty for sexual violence

02 October 2015 – A senior United Nations envoy today welcomed an agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that includes provisions not to grant amnesties for the most serious crimes, including sexual violence.

At UN, European leaders call to ‘halt atrocities’ and find political solution to crisis in Syria

02 October 2015 – On the fifth day of the United Nations General Assembly’s debate, European countries took to the podium delivering remarks focused on the importance of diplomacy, the need to address the refugee and migrant crisis affecting their continent, and the urgency with which the war in Syria needs to be brought to end.

Top UN relief official calls for end to Central African Republic violence, resumption of aid

02 October 2015 – The United Nations humanitarian chief called on all those involved in the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) to end the hostilities and immediately allow the resumption of assistance.

Nepalese Minister calls at UN for enhanced partnerships to address global challenges

01 October 2015 – Noting that the number of least developed countries (LDCs) has grown from 25 to 48 since 1971, with only four countries “graduating” from this status, the Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal today told the United Nations General Assembly that their struggle has been “unfairly long.”

European leaders at UN urge concerted action amid ‘unprecedented’ humanitarian crises

01 October 2015 – Several European leaders took to the podium today at the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, highlighting that the world is again living in restless times, especially in light of the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises, including the migrant and refugee crisis.