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February

President Nasser

Al-Nasser Highlights Turkey’s Importance

25 February 2012 – The President of the UN General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said he is pleased with Turkey's proposal to host the next Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul. (TRT English)

President Al-Nasser

In Cairo, UN Assembly chief holds talks on Egypt's democratic transition

20 February 2012 – The President of the General Assembly and Egypt's Foreign Minister held talks today in Cairo on the state of the country's democratic transition in the wake of the Arab Spring reform movement. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President discusses global issues with Indian Prime Minister

16 February 2012 – General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, who is on an official visit to India, today discussed reform and revitalization of the United Nations with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a meeting that also touched on the state of the global economy. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President stresses role of UN in problem solving

13 February 2012 – The President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser today underlined the United Nations’ central role in building world peace through dialogue and consensus by bringing countries together to find common solutions for problems that face humanity. (UN News)

December

President Al-Nasser

Dominican president given UN anti-speculation resolution

28 December 2011 – The president of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has formally handed president Leonel Fernández the resolution approved by the UN against the volatility of food and fuel prices on the international markets. (Dominican Today)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President pleased with cooperation on major global issues

23 December 2011 – The President of the General Assembly today expressed satisfaction with the way the main deliberative body of the United Nations has handled major global challenges during its current session. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President is interviewed by IPS News

6 December 2011 – Sabina Zaccaro interviews the President as the fourth annual Global South-South Development Expo opens in Rome. (IPS News)

November

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President is interviewed by Al Hurra TV

16 November 2011 – Video Clip of the President's interview with Al Hurra TV. (Al Hurra)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly chief discusses disaster risk reduction with Japanese officials

15 November 2011 – The subject of disaster risk reduction topped the agenda again as General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser continued his official visit to Japan by meeting with senior Government officials in Tokyo. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President meets with senior Japanese officials

14 November 2011 – Security Council reform and disaster risk reduction topped the agenda today as General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser began an official visit to Japan and met with some of the country’s senior officials. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President calls for stronger Economic and Social Council

11 November 2011 – The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today urged the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to strengthen its role as the central mechanism for coordination of economic and social issues and to play the key role in implementing decisions of UN conferences and summits. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

Assembly President calls on States to advance progress on Security Council reform

8 November 2011 – The President of the General Assembly today called on Member States to make headway on the negotiations aimed at making the Security Council a more efficient, transparent, universal, and democratic body. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

In Tripoli, UN chief and Assembly President laud bravery of Libyan people

2 November 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today made an unannounced visit to Tripoli, where they hailed the bravery of the Libyan people in throwing off tyranny and urged them to remain united in rebuilding the country. (UN News)

October

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President urges extending benefits of sustainable development

31 October 2011 – The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today called for action to extend the benefits of sustainable development to all people, particularly those living in poorer countries, and urged the international community to develop consensus on how that can be done. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

UN launches Year of Cooperatives with spotlight on development

31 October 2011 – The United Nations today launched the International Year of Cooperatives with the General Assembly President underlining their role as catalysts of socially-inclusive development and capacity to empower communities through jobs and income generation. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

As world passes 7 billion milestone, UN urges action to meet key challenges

31 October 2011 – Top United Nations officials today marked the global population reaching 7 billion with a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to guaranteeing equal access to security and justice. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President stresses global partnership to address economic crisis

26 October 2011 – The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has underlined the need for international partnerships to tackle the global financial crisis as the world’s economies become increasingly complex and mutually interdependent. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

Concrete actions, timeline needed for sustainable development – Assembly President

25 October 2011 –With the world facing new challenges, from food and energy crises to global recession to climate change, achieving sustainable development is more complex than ever, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser warned today, calling for concrete actions and timelines. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo elected to Security Council

21 October 2011 – Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo will serve as non-permanent members of the 15-member Security Council in 2012-13 after winning their seats during elections held earlier today at United Nations Headquarters in New York. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President points to busy UN disarmament agenda in 2012

21 October 2011 – The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today said that disarmament will be an important issue on the United Nations agenda next year, with a number of crucial conferences on global weapons reduction planned. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President urges greater support for countries with special needs

20 October 2011 – General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today urged the United Nations committee that focuses on economic and financial issues to find “creative and innovative” ways of tackling the problems of the countries with special development needs. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President voices deep concern at South-East Asian floods

19 October 2011 – General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser added his voice today to those of other United Nations officials expressing sympathy and concern at the deaths of hundreds of flood victims in Thailand, Cambodia and other South-East Asian countries. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

Assembly President welcomes Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange

19 October 2011 – The President of the General Assembly has welcomed the exchange of prisoners by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, calling it a “positive development” that reinforces the importance of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

Assembly chief calls for constructive spirit as UN committees begin work

14 October 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to give rural women the same access to productive resources as men, noting the huge benefits that would ensue, from increased food production to a drop of 150 million in the number of the world’s hungry people. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President urges end to migration myths

13 October 2011 – The President of the General Assembly today urged the world to dispel entrenched myths about immigration and focus on migrants’ contributions to economic development in countries of origin, transit and destination. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

“Challenging agenda” for General Assembly President

10 October 2011 – Solving world political issues through diplomacy and mediation is set to be at the centre of the work of the United Nations General Assembly over the next year.

President Al-Nasser

Assembly chief calls for constructive spirit as UN committees begin work

7 October 2011 – The President of the General Assembly today praised the African initiative created to enhance the continent’s economic growth, development and participation in the global economy, saying it has contributed significantly towards the socio-economic progress achieved over the past decade. (UN News)


President Al-Nasser

Assembly chief calls for constructive spirit as UN committees begin work

3 October 2011 – As work begins in the six main committees of the General Assembly, the President of the 193-member body urged all Member States to participate fully and constructively to address global challenges and advance the objectives of the United Nations. (UN News)

September

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President is interviewed by BBC World News

27 September 2011 – Video Clip of the President's interview with BBC World News. (BBC)

President Al-Nasser

World must do better to tackle human trafficking, stresses Assembly President

26 September 2011 – The President of the General Assembly today called for redoubled efforts to tackle human trafficking, which the United Nations anti-crime agency says is a multi-billion dollar industry and one that enslaves some 2.4 million people at any given time, many of whom are children. (UN News)

Alliance of Civilizations

Role of Alliance of Civilizations more vital than ever, say UN officials

23 September 2011 – With its ability to foster cross-cultural understanding among peoples and societies, the Alliance of Civilizations initiative is crucial in the struggle to combat intolerance, extremism and bigotry worldwide, United Nations officials stressed today. (UN News)

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The 66th Session General Assembly Debate Opens

21 September 2011 – The United Nations General Assembly got underway in earnest in New York on Wednesday. (UN News)

President Al-Nasser

General Assembly President urges greater use of mobile technologies in health

19 September 2011 – The rapid expansion in the use of information and communications technologies in developing countries provides them with a crucial tool to prevent and control diseases, the President of the General Assembly said today, urging leaders to promote the application of digital technologies in health. (UN News)

Ambassador Pablo Antonio Thalassinos, Credentials Committee Chairman

General Assembly accepts credentials of Libya’s transitional authorities

16 September 2011 – The UN General Assembly has accepted the credentials of the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya to participate in its 66th session. (UN News)

General Assembly

General Assembly opens new session with plea for unity to tackle global crises

13 September 2011 – The General Assembly today opened its annual session with a fervent plea for cooperation in tackling looming crises from conflicts to climate change, and a nostalgic look back to a former secretary-general who died 50 years ago in the service of peace. (UN News)

Amb. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar

Qatari diplomat elected as President of next session of General Assembly

22 June 2011 – An experienced Qatari diplomat who has served as his country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations for more than a decade was today chosen by the world body’s 192 Member States to be the next President of the General Assembly. (UN News)