Results for "general assembly" over the past 45 days
On International Day, Ban urges human solidarity to build new sustainability agenda

20 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked Human Solidarity Day today by calling for joint action to craft and take forward a new, inlcusive development agenda that eradicates poverty, protects the planet and ensures dignity for all.

General Assembly decides to refer UN report on human rights in DPR Korea to Security Council

18 December – Condemning “ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution today by which it would transmit a UN-backed report probing such violations to the Security Council.

On International Day, UN chief urges greater attention to 'precarious' situation of migrants

18 December – Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said today in a message to mark International Migrants Day.

Ban Ki-moon hails decision by US, Cuba to normalize relations

17 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the “very important step” taken by the leaders of the United States and Cuba towards normalizing relations between the two countries.

UN capacities 'pushed to the limit' in 2014, Ban says in year-end wrap-up

17 December – After a year of “discord, disease and disruption” that saw peace operations, diplomacy and humanitarian capacities “pushed to the limit” responding to West Africa's Ebola outbreak, terrorist groups and ongoing conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed reporters today at United Nations Headquarters, where he summed up the year and looked ahead to 2015.

Taliban attack on Pakistan school an act of ‘horror and rank cowardice', says UN chief

16 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “blood-curdling attack” on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has cost the lives of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children.

Spotlighting racism, stigma, UN launches International Decade of People of African Descent

10 December – People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the word body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent.

On Human Rights Day, UN official calls for Member States to ‘stamp out torture’

10 December – Governments must ramp up their efforts in eradicating the practice of torture and compensate the victims of this “most vicious of crimes,” the top United Nations human rights official has urged, as he marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture.

‘Only by acting together’ will world transform climate challenge into opportunity – Ban

10 December – Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more liveable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Marking international observance, UN declares ‘Every day is Human Rights Day’

10 December – The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared today as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Ban urges Lima conference to agree draft text as basis for 2015 climate deal

9 December – Urging the 20th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to “act now,” UN officials in Lima, Peru stressed today that fully tackling the impacts of man-made climate change requires a transformation – not mere “tinkering” with past agreements and pledges.

On International Day, UN urges all to 'break the corruption chain'

9 December – The fight against corruption is a global concern requiring the broadest possible response to “dismantle its high walls”, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message marking International Anti-Corruption Day.

Earth at ‘tipping point,’ UN General Assembly President warns, urging climate reform

8 December – Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.

World must do 'whatever it takes' to ensure recovery of Ebola-affected countries – Ban

5 December – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed today to members of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) “to do whatever it takes” to help the West African countries hardest hit by Ebola grow back stronger and more resilient, while the head of the UN health agency noted that the “fear of Ebola is moving faster than the virus” itself.

‘Humane impulse to assist’ leads to enriched life, UN chief says on global Volunteer Day

5 December – Volunteers are people who act with a spirit of giving, selflessly serving their communities all the while inspiring others to follow by example, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said today as the world body marked International Volunteer Day, and paid special tribute to those who have made a difference.

Spotlighting humanity’s ‘silent ally,’ UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils

5 December – Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine, said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as it kicked off the 2015 International Year of Soils today on the first-ever World Soil Day.

Road to Dignity by 2030: UN chief launches blueprint towards sustainable development

4 December – Calling for inclusive, agile and coordinated action to usher in an era of sustainable development for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented the United Nations General Assembly with an advance version of his so-called “synthesis report,” which will guide negotiations for a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights.

Ending violence against women calls for legally binding global standard – UN expert

3 December – More than half-way through an international campaign to end violence against women, a top United Nations expert on the issue is calling for a binding international legal standard that holds Member States accountable in fighting this widespread human rights violation.

On world Day, Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1 billion persons with disabilities

3 December – More than one billion people – or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population – live with some form of disability and have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities, the United Nations highlighted today on its International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

On Day to Abolish Slavery, UN urges end to modern-day scourge trapping 21 million

2 December – Today, 21 million women, men and children worldwide are trapped in slavery, denied the right to live and ultimately work in freedom, dignity and equality, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has spotlighted on this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

UN recognizes achievement of thirteen countries in eradicating hunger ahead of 2015-deadline

1 December – To honour their outstanding progress in fighting hunger, 13 countries were commended today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for achieving food security milestones ahead of the global 2015 deadline and were urged to continue momentum to end the suffering of 805 million people who still endure chronic undernourishment.

Emergency declared in Gaza following severe flooding – UN

28 November – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, has declared an emergency in Gaza City, following extreme weather and severe flooding over the past 48 hours exacerbating the already poor humanitarian situation in the enclave, which is dealing with the aftermath of a last summer's conflict, and an acute fuel and energy crisis.

UN chief appoints panel on creating ‘technology bank’ for world’s poorest nations

26 November – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the formation of a High-Level Panel to study the scope and functions of a proposed new “technology bank” and dedicated to helping the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) advance out of poverty, the Organization’s spokesperson confirmed today.

INTERVIEW: former UN official urges more transparent process to select Secretary-General

26 November – Edward Mortimer is an ardent believer in the need to change the way in which the Secretary-General of the United Nations is selected, and he is hopeful that this can happen.

‘Peace process hangs from a thread,’ UN warns ahead of Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

24 November – United Nations officials today voiced their solidarity with the people of Palestine, while calling on both sides involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cease acts of violence, overcome their differences, and resume peace talks with a clear framework towards resolving the decades-long dispute.

Improving system for person with disabilities good for all says US advocate on tour of UN accessibility centre

21 November – On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically impaired today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.”

UN agency’s innovative standards to boost TV viewing experience for millions

21 November – The technological advancement of the television medium – a critical tool for “informing, channelling, and affecting” public opinion – is necessary for the improvement of communication and globalization, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) declared today, as it announced new measures aimed at heightening television viewing for millions of people around the world.

UN champions children as ‘fundamental building blocks,’ marking 25th anniversary of historic treaty

20 November – As countries around the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations family today hailed the landmark treaty as a powerful human rights tool, while taking stock of the long-standing disparities that must be addressed to propel actions for the well-being of all children into the future.

Clean industrialization critical for Africa to ‘leapfrog’ outdated technologies – Ban

20 November – Africa needs a green, clean industrialization that leapfrogs outdated, polluting processes and platforms and benefits from new technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as the world body marked Africa Industrialization Day.

Leveraging innovation key to advancing progress on child rights – UNICEF

20 November – Despite progress in advancing child rights over the past 25 years, including a marked reduction in the number of children dying before the age of five and increased access to education and clean water, urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report.

UN spotlights children’s rights as world gears up to mark 25th anniversary of landmark treaty

19 November – As the global human rights community readies to celebrate tomorrow the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations committee charged monitoring with its implementation highlighted the right of children to actively participate – and not just be heard – in discussions that affect their lives and communities.

Ensuring women’s access to safe toilets is ‘moral’ imperative, says Ban marking World Day

19 November – With one out of three women worldwide lacking access to safe toilets, it is a moral imperative to end open defecation to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged today on World Toilet Day.

Human Rights Council president hails body’s success as duties increase, resources shrink

17 November – Presenting the annual report of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the body’s President, Baudelaire Ndong Ella, told the General Assembly today that the Council has bolstered its reputation and credibility over the years through the work of its special experts and carrying out the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

UN General Assembly, Security Council conclude elections for ‘World Court’ judges

17 November – The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected a fifth judge to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – the principal judicial organ of the UN – following the election of four judges earlier this month.

On World Day for Road Traffic Victims, Ban calls for recommitment to road safety

16 November – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a recommitment to make roads safer for all who use them, as countries around the world marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims today.

Defeating Ebola, ‘a fearsome,’ elusive enemy, requires scaling up response on the ground – UN

13 November – There has been important progress made in the global fight against Ebola but a scaling-up in the overall response remains necessary if the deadly outbreak is to be fully stopped, top United Nations officials told the General Assembly today as they cautioned against complacency in tackling the disease.

Ebola: UN special envoy says combating stigma integral to overall crisis response

12 November – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, today made a passionate appeal to combat stigmatization surrounding the disease by calling for a global social media campaign to “express solidarity and to show we are anti-discrimination.”

Out of the 'darkness': UN War Crimes Commission records hailed as vital international justice tool

11 November – Following the announcement in July that the records of the United Nations War Crimes Commission were made open to the public for the first time in 70 years, a panel discussion examining the historical significance and potential use of the records was held this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York.

At UN, Palestinian-born designer uses fashion to show ‘another face’ of homeland

11 November – Through fashion – “a universal language” – Palestinian-born designer Jamal Taslaq unveiled his Fall-Winter collection at United Nations Headquarters in New York last night, spotlighting his long-troubled homeland, but also revealing “another face of Palestine,” inspired and inspiring, yearning to be at peace.

Urging political resolution, UN agency chief laments ‘sheer unsustainability’ of Gaza crisis

6 November – The underlying tensions which have brought Israelis and Palestinians into regular conflict and subjected Gaza to repeated warfare must be addressed once and for all, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees has urged.

UN expert panel issues guidelines on rights of women asylum-seekers, refugees

6 November – The United Nations committee tasked with monitoring implementation of the global treaty to end all forms of discrimination against women has published a set of guidelines today to ensure that the challenges faced by women in situations of displacement and statelessness are addressed and their rights enforced.

Four judges elected to serve on International Court of Justice

6 November – The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected four judges to seats on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN.

On International Day, UN urges protection of environment from ravages of war

6 November – From the contamination of land to the plundering of natural resources, the environment has long been a “silent casualty” of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he warned that the fast-changing dynamic of contemporary conflict required steadfast solutions for future peacebuilding and sustainable development.

UN conference adopts ambitious 10-year action plan for world's landlocked developing countries

5 November – A United Nations conference concluded in Vienna, Austria today with the adoption of a 10-year action plan aimed at accelerating sustainable development in the world’s 32 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs).

Humanitarian system ‘scrambling’ to meet skyrocketing needs, warns UN refugee agency chief

5 November – The global humanitarian system has reached its limits in dealing with the upward trend in forced displacement due to mounting pressures from conflicts and persecution around the world, the head of the United Nations refugee agency warned today, calling on the humanitarian community to “think out of the box” when it comes to funding emergency response.