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At UN debate, African leaders say global sustainability agenda must reflect local realities

29 September 2014 – With a new sustainable development agenda as the focus of this year’s annual General Assembly debate, African leaders today called on the United Nations to take into consideration the continent’s specific realities and challenges.

UN congratulates Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on inauguration

29 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations mission in Afghanistan today welcomed the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as President and reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to cooperate with the national unity government in the country’s progress to peace, stability and development.

At Global Citizen Festival, Ban tells crowd ‘a better world is around the corner’

28 September 2014 – Surrounded by a roaring crowd of an estimated 60,000 people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was joined last night by a star-studded roster of the world's leading performers as he helped kick-off the third annual Global Citizen Festival – a celebration of global unity and a reaffirmation of the will to address the planet's most pressing issues.

Rich must help poorer States in post-2015 development, Bangladesh tells UN Assembly

27 September 2014 – From the podium of the General Assembly today, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for global aid for poorer countries as the United Nations draws up the post-2015 agenda, an ambitious multi-year development blueprint that aims to eliminate poverty and protect the environment.

Pakistan leader, in Assembly address, spotlights climate change, regional concerns

26 September 2014 – The Prime Minister of Pakistan today spotlighted the impact of extreme weather events on his country and also urged the international community to resolve the ongoing dispute over Kashmir, which is one of the longest-running issues on the United Nations agenda.

Central Asian, Caucasus leaders outline development strategies for region

26 September 2014 – In his remarks to the General Assembly, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Erlan Idrissov, said he was particularly concerned with the continuing violence in the Middle East and Africa, and now Ukraine, whose impact extends to the entire region including through sanctions being imposed by countries that together make up 60 per cent of the world GDP (gross domestic product).

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: Governments pledge action to advance indigenous rights

26 September 2014 – Scattered across the globe, indigenous peoples are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations on earth. Braving injustice and discrimination, many have been deprived of their human rights, their ancestral lands and the natural resources that are essential to their survival.

International community has obligation to help Central African Republic rebuild, says Ban

26 September 2014 – Member States must continue to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) as it lifts itself back up from the devastation of conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he called on the international community to assist the beleaguered African country “chart a path to reconstruction, reconciliation, and the rule of law.”

European leaders at UN Assembly focus on crises in Ukraine and Middle East

26 September 2014 – Taking the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on the third day of its annual high-level Debate today, European leaders called for an end to the crisis within their own continent, with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitÿ decrying Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Somalia will be united by 2016, President tells UN General Assembly

26 September 2014 – Somalia is at a critical juncture in its efforts to achieve security and stability, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly calling for continued support to strengthen Somalia as a security and ideological “firewall.”