21 September 2016 – Speaking from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia, recalled last year’s commitment by UN Member States to a new agenda for Sustainable Development to “join the global drive towards ensuring a life of dignity for all.”
21 September 2016 – Tackling the pressing challenges currently facing all countries and regions requires a major shift in perspective, Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, told the General Assembly today, calling for a more effective an efficient United Nations that can be the locus of “more multilateralism, more cooperation and more dialogue,” to meet the long-sought demands of the world’s people.
20 September 2016 – In his address to the UN General Assembly, Don Felipe VI, the King of Spain, stressed his country’s respect for the UN Charter as well as its support of implementing the key aims of the Organization, including the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the tackling climate change, which is a “global priority” and the key to leaving a better world for future generations.
20 September 2016 – In their respective addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, Southern African leaders stressed the importance of regional efforts, such as within the African continent through the African Union (AU) to realize a better and sustainable future for all.
20 September 2016 – A senior United Nations official today unveiled a draft set of principles that urge the international community to build on the momentum created by the adoption yesterday, by UN Member States, of a landmark declaration on protecting the rights of refugees and migrants by including the critical issue of human rights in all discussions focusing on large-scale, perilous and irregular migration movements.
20 September 2016 – On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly today, UN Women unveiled a report by 10 global universities that lays out their concrete commitments and charts their progress towards achieving gender parity.
20 September 2016 – King Abdullah II of Jordan today decried both Western Islamophobia and the terrorist “outlaws” who sully the name of Islam, warning the United Nation General Assembly that both threaten the future of society.
20 September 2016 – In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as United States President, Barack Obama today delivered a ringing appeal for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism, even as he called for a course correction.
20 September 2016 – The final report of an independent United Nations investigation in Burundi, released today, describes “abundant evidence of gross human rights violations,” possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, by the Government of Burundi and people associated with it.
20 September 2016 – Following the tradition of being the first Head of State to address the annual United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, the President of Brazil today pledged that his country will formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change by depositing its instrument of ratification at a special event tomorrow with the UN Secretary-General.