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UN General Assembly President hails annual debate as ‘historic and seminal’

3 October – The United Nations General Assembly wound up its 70th annual General Debate today, attended by the highest number of Heads of State and Government ever, with Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft calling it a “historic” event crowned by the “truly seminal commitment” to achieving ambitious new development goals by 2030.

Côte d’Ivoire tells Assembly it stands as living example of UN’s role in averting chaos

3 October – Côte d’Ivoire, where the United Nations played a major role in restoring peace and stability after violently disputed presidential elections in 2010, stood before the General Assembly today to praise the world Organization for its “irreplaceable” contribution to advancing peace, security and development over the 70 years of its existence.

With transparent elections imminent, ‘dynamic democracy’ taking root in Guinea, Minster tells UN

3 October – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guinea, Francois Lounceny Fall, confirmed the imminent holding of presidential elections in his country, hailing the polls as a sign of a “democratic dynamic” taking root there.

Outdated UN system a reflection of world’s dysfunction, Eritrean Minister tells Assembly

3 October – Addressing the General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea, Osman Saleh, focused on bolstering his country’s socioeconomic and also emphasized the need revitalize the United Nations to create a more agile, democratic and equitable multilateral system.

Speakers from Latin American region urge ‘results, not promises’ on UN goals

2 October – The Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, addressing the General Assembly today, highlighted both the new UN development agenda and the need to tackle climate change.

At UN, Turkmenistan proposes establishing climate change centre for Central Asia

2 October – In her address at the General Assembly, Aksoltan Ataeva, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, introduced a proposal to set up a climate change centre specifically for Central Asia.

‘Pursuit of happiness is fundamental human goal,’ Minister of Bhutan tells UN Assembly

2 October – Guided by its development philosophy of “Gross National Happiness,” Bhutan has consistently worked to ensure that the peace, security and well-being of its people always remain at the centre of development, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the South Asian country told the United Nations General Assembly today.

In troubled world, UN must become ‘true family of nations and peoples,’ Holy See tells Assembly

2 October – While the signatories of the 2030 Agenda have undertaken the task of proposing a stable and sustainable pace for the world economy, the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See told the United Nations General Assembly today that without peace between people and nations, it will be impossible to implement the Agenda.

Only through wide-scale reforms will UN keep pace with changing times, Myanmar tells Assembly

2 October – Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call for reforms of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, to keep pace with a changing world.

Without system-wide reform, UN may fall short of primary objectives, says Indonesian Minister

2 October – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, the Vice-President of Indonesia, remarked that despite the achievements UN has made over the past 70 years, the Organization may fall short of meeting its primary objectives, such as peace and security for all, unless system-wide reform is immediately undertaken.