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At UN, Southern African leaders underline importance of regional efforts for sustainable development

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.


UN official unveils draft principles on protecting human rights of refugees and migrants

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.


UN Women launches report spotlighting gender equality in global universities

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.


US President Obama urges world to eschew division and pursue global integration at UN Assembly

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.


At UN Assembly, Chadian President urges global push to tackle terrorism, ‘the threat of the century’

20 September 2016 – The world’s citizens are living in a constant state of despair because war, senseless violence, extreme poverty and the effects of climate change have all spread ‘and the hope of resolving them is diminishing,” Idris Déby Itno, the President of Chad, told the United Nations General Assembly today, urging greater global cooperation to tackle these threats, particularly terrorism.


Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”


As new UN development agency advocate, ‘Game of Thrones’ actor shows poverty the ‘red card’

19 September 2016 – Globally acclaimed Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has kicked off his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the 17 Global Goals known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, agreed last year by world leaders to tackle our planet’s toughest challenges by 2030.


World leaders at UN summit adopt 'bold' plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrants

19 September 2016 – With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, world leaders came together at the United Nations today to adopt the New York Declaration, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.


Syria: UN relief chief 'disappointed' that aid workers still unable to safely access eastern Aleppo

19 September 2016 – Expressing disappointment that humanitarian actors have not been able to reach eastern Aleppo in Syria, the United Nations humanitarian chief urged all parties to the conflict to facilitate regular and sustained access to the besieged and hard-to-reach areas across the country.


Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

16 September 2016 – Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission today expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.