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Uruguay joins other nations addressing General Assembly in calling for stronger, more flexible UN

25 September – In his speech to the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Foreign Minister of Uruguay, said strengthened international coordination bodies are needed more than ever, urging respect for the principle of sovereignty.


With annual general debate over, time has come for action, UN Assembly President says

25 September – The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its 72nd annual general debate today, with its President underscoring prevention of conflicts before they break out, support for UN peacekeeping, sustainable development, and respect for human rights and gender equality among the major priorities raised by the 196 Heads of State, Government and delegations


In UN Assembly address, Angola emphasises its ‘decisive’ role in multilateralism

25 September – Underscoring the importance of multilateralism in solving global tensions, Angola told the United Nations General Assembly about its strong engagement and “decisive” role in restoring peace and security in the region, with its commitment for economic development and democratic society


Timor-Leste is vivid example of what UN can do in peacebuilding, Assembly debate told

25 September – Timor-Leste, a country which the United Nations shepherded to independence from Indonesia 15 years ago, stands as a shining example of what the world Organization can achieve in establishing peace and stability, the country’s president told the General Assembly today.


United Nations ‘backbone’ of global order, stresses Norway at Assembly

25 September – Underscoring that the “unprecedented” progress achieved by human kind over the last decades cannot be taken for granted, Norway called for continued international cooperation to safeguard the achievements and to ensure that they remain sustainable


New Zealand, at General Assembly, urges reformed UN to ‘do better’ to solve global problems

25 September – The United Nations is crucial to tackling the plethora of problems confronting the world – from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear programme to global development and climate change – but it can and must do better, New Zealand told the General Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate today


At General Assembly, Mozambique calls for reformed UN, greater aid from wealthy States

25 September – Only a reformed United Nations and a greater commitment from wealthier countries to help the developing world can confront “the overwhelming challenges of our times,” Mozambique told the General Assembly on the last day of its 72nd annual general debate today


Allow people to be ‘dignified agents of their own destiny,’ Holy See tells UN debate

25 September – The Observer of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary of Relations with States, speaking on the final day of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate praised this year’s theme – ‘Focusing on People: Striving for peace and a decent life on a sustainable planet’– saying that Pope Francis “never tires of insisting on people first, especially those who suffer, those who are excluded, marginalized and left behind.”


National sovereignty and non-interference must be respected within UN, Burundi tells Assembly

23 September – Mounting the podium of the General Assembly, Burundi today stressed the importance of national sovereignty within the United Nations.


Maldives at UN Assembly calls for stronger UN to tackle global crises

23 September – A stronger United Nations is more than ever needed to address the multiple crises facing the world, the Maldives to the General Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate today.