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Saudi Arabia at General Assembly calls for urgent UN reforms to confront world crises

21 September 2016 – The United Nations needs urgent reform to confront the challenges now facing the world, from the Palestinian-Israel conflict and the bloody wars in Syria and Yemen to countering terrorism and tackling the refugee crisis, Saudi Arabia warned the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

In war on terrorism Egypt’s leader tells UN Assembly UNESCO has cultural role to play

20 September 2016 – Calling terrorism “the cancer of our age […] that breeds the call for extremism and violence in the minds of people,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today urged the United Nations to use cultural ‘weapons’ to eliminate destructive ideologies via access to knowledge, transfer of technology and confronting extremist ideologies.

UN humanitarian official “deeply disturbed” by unrelenting attacks on civilians in Yemen

13 September 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Yemen has voiced apprehension over a series of deadly air strikes on a water well which killed and wounded dozens of people in the country’s centre.

Security Council urges warring parties in Yemen to resume talks with UN envoy

08 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately resume talks with the UN envoy for that country and discuss his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.

INTERVIEW: Selection of next UN Secretary-General has been game-changing process, says outgoing General Assembly President

08 September 2016 – On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft – a Danish national – to serve as the President of its seventieth session. At the time of his election, Mr. Lykketoft was the Speaker (President) of the Danish Parliament, a position he had held since 2011. Born on 9 January 1946, it was a fitting coincidence that he would turn 70 during his term as President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly– a personal fact he highlighted during his acceptance speech to the world body upon his election.