- General Assembly Adopts Texts on Items Ranging from Self-Determination to Peace in South Atlantic; Supports Extension of Impunity Commission in Guatemala (17 May 2013)
The General Assembly, working through its busy agenda, today adopted five resolutions and one decision on a wide range of items, including on the self-determination of French Polynesia and on peace and cooperation in the South Atlantic.
- ‘We Stand on the Mountain of Development and For the First Time, Mother Earth Is Sending Invoices Back,’ General Assembly Told during High-level Debate (16 May 2013)
After placing great demands on the environment for decades, “we stand on the mountain of development and, for the first time, Mother Earth is sending invoices back”, the General Assembly heard today during a high-level thematic debate aimed at balancing environment and development by mapping out a practical and policy pathway that had at its core the interdependency between water and energy.
- Member States’ Timely Payment of Assessed Contributions Critical to Organization’s Financial Health, Fifth Committee Told (16 May 2013)
Member States’ timely payment of assessed contributions and full reimbursement to troop-contributing countries was critical in maintaining the Organization’s financial health, delegations told the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today as they reviewed a briefing on the Organization’s budgetary affairs.
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‘We Must Treasure, Reflect and Protect the Rich Heritage and Value Systems of Indigenous Peoples,’ Secretary-General Says in Message to Forum (20 May 2013)
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message, as delivered by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, in New York, 20 May:
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples to Seek Action on Africa, Youth, Health, Education, Culture as Twelfth Session Opens at Headquarters, 20 May (20 May 2013)
More than 2,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are expected to attend the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at New York Headquarters from 20 to 31 May, where members will engage with indigenous peoples, Member States and agencies of the world body.
Secretary-General Appoints Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz of Brazil Force Commander for UN Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (17 May 2013)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz of Brazil as Force Commander of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
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Press Conference to Mark International Day against Homophobia (17 May 2013)
The global HIV/AIDS epidemic had “come full circle” since its early days, and it was “outrageous” that, despite unprecedented advances in care and treatment, homosexuals all over the world continued to struggle against discrimination and rising infection rates, the Head of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) said today.
Press Conference on Launch of Disaster Risk Reduction Report 2013 (15 May 2013)
The investment decisions “we make as individuals, households, communities and, in particular, as businesses” have far-reaching consequences on disaster risk reduction and recovery, United Nations officials and private-sector experts said today upon the launch at Headquarters of the biannual Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.
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