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44 stories found over the past 45 days
United Arab Emirates, in UN debate, says Iran’s actions destabilized region

24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates today expressed concern over Iran’s actions that caused “tension and instability in the region.”


Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration

23 September 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.


At UN Assembly, Comoros urges swift implementation of Agenda 2030 to stem refugee flows

23 September 2016 – Comoros President Azali Assoumani today called for swift implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty, hunger and a host of other social ills by 2030, telling the United Nations General Assembly this is the surest way to end of the flood of refugees currently afflicting the world.


African leaders at UN discuss efforts to ensure vibrant private sector, transparent elections

23 September 2016 – Among the African leaders taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, Guinea’s President stressed that Africa needs deep structural transformations and a vibrant private sector to reduce vulnerability and build up the continent’s resilience.


Greater focus on women’s empowerment can help achieve Global Goals – UN chief

22 September 2016 – Gender equality remains the greatest human rights challenge of our time, and one way to achieve the goal is by empowering women to have greater choices economically and control over their lives, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, urging the international community to spearhead efforts that provide opportunities for women and girls.


At UN, West African leaders cite terrorism as singular challenge to global peace and development

21 September 2016 – Underlining the importance of and complementarity between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, the President of Guinea-Bissau called on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to honour the commitments they made in the two global agreements.


UN chief urges ramped up support to meet Peacebuilding Fund’s financial challenges

21 September 2016 – The United Nations system is being pushed to its limits by an unprecedented number of conflicts and economic crises globally, as well as by climate change and inequalities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to help keep the Organization’s Peacebuilding Fund from falling into a dangerous financial position.


At UN, European Union and member countries spotlight aid for refugees, conflict mediation

21 September 2016 – Massive displacement across borders has highlighted the power of fear and conflict more clearly than any other challenge, but the European Union’s actions have always been driven by empathy and a readiness to help those in need, its President told the United Nations General Assembly, which also heard several EU member States speak individually.


‘Pragmatism, not populism’ will overcome global inertia, Chilean President tells UN

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.


UN human rights official underscores effects of death penalty on range of victims

21 September 2016 – Capital punishment affects an array of people, including convicted persons, the family members of both victims and perpetrators, and even people involved in criminal proceedings and executions, a senior United Nations human rights official declared today, as the world body launched a publication on the issue.