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United Nations adopts Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

13 September 2007 - The General Assembly today adopted a landmark declaration outlining the rights of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous people and outlawing discrimination against them – a move that followed more than two decades of debate.

UN announces awards telecast for Millennium Development Goals

12 September 2007 - The United Nations will organize a telecast next year to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), officials announced today as internationally renowned musician and producer Nile Rodgers presented General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa with a special award in recognition of her work in promoting the set of global anti-poverty targets.

General Assembly president inaugurates Bahraini exhibition at UN Headquarters

11 September 2007 - The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, has inaugurated a week-long exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York on development in Bahrain, to mark the award the UN-Habitat award the country’s prime minister, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa.

New Push for Family Law

13 August 2007 - The Gulf Daily News interviews the President of the General Assembly.

Decisive global action needed to combat climate change, say top UN officials

31 July 2007 - Top United Nations officials joined leading experts today in urging decisive action on a global scale to combat the challenges posed by climate change.

U.N. climate change meeting aims at rich countries

31 July 2007 - UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The first U.N. special session on climate change focused on the world's rich countries on Tuesday, as policy-makers urged long-standing polluters to shoulder much of the burden for cutting greenhouse gases.

UNGA To Hold First Informal Debate On Climate Change

31 July 2007 - (RTTNews) - The UN General Assembly is set to begin Tuesday its first ever plenary session on climate change to lay the groundwork for upcoming high-level international meetings in August on how to tackle the burning issue. The New York meeting is being touted as "carbon neutral," since emissions from air travel to bring experts and the entire carbon-dioxide emissions of the UN headquarters will be offset by investment in a biomass fuel project in Kenya.

UN General Assembly to hold informal debate on climate change

31 July 2007 - The UN General Assembly is to kick off a two-day debate on climate change Tuesday to lay the groundwork for upcoming high-level international meetings on how to tackle the burning issue. The informal debate, which will bring together prominent scientists, business leaders and UN officials, is "to consider how to translate the growing scientific consensus on climate change into a broad political consensus for action," a UN statement said.

In first plenary on climate change, General Assembly to seek speedy action

30 July 2007 - The United Nations General Assembly tomorrow opens its first-ever plenary session devoted exclusively to climate change, seeking to translate the growing scientific consensus on the problem into a broad political consensus for action following alarming UN reports earlier this year on its potentially devastating effects.

'Carbon Neutral' General Assembly Debate to Link Growing Scientific Consensus on Climate Change with National Action

30 July 2007 - The United Nations General Assembly will consider how to translate the growing scientific consensus on climate change into a broad political consensus for action during a two-day thematic debate that begins on 31 July.
The debate, which will feature prominent scientists, business leaders and United Nations officials, is expected to raise awareness and momentum for action on climate change, in preparation for the Secretary-General’s high-level event in September and for the climate change conference that will take place in Bali this December.

Security Council spotlights nexus between natural resources and conflict

25 June 2007 - Over-dependency on natural resources is not conducive to viable development strategies in many poor countries, and can lead to fragile circumstances that might result in the eruption of internal conflicts, said General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa.

General Assembly President urges partnership to end poverty

18 June 2007 - Tackling global poverty requires a concerted effort by governments of developed and developing countries supported by the private sector, civic groups, the media and other players on the international scene, United Nations General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has told a gathering on financing for development in Doha.

Force for peace in the world

14 June 2007 - Gulf Daily News: Bahrain's Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa has made her mark on the world as she bows out as United Nations General Assembly president. Soman Baby reports on a year of success Bahrain is helping to make the world a safer place, campaigning against war, injustice, poverty and disease, says a leading diplomat. Sweeping moves to bring nations together have been spearheaded by Bahrain's Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa, in her year as president of the UN 61st General Assembly.

General Assembly President stresses value of interfaith dialogue in securing peace

13 June 2007 - Accepting an award for her work for peace and development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue in realizing these goals.

Vatican gives award to U.N. General Assembly president who supported contraception

13 June 2007 - The Vatican's U.N. observer presented an award for promoting peace and development to the president of the U.N. General Assembly, a pioneering Arab lawyer and women's rights advocate who publicly supported contraception in the fight against AIDS.

DESA FFDO and NGLS "The Road to Doha" publication features article on the upcoming informal debate in the June issue.

6 June 2007 - The informal thematic debate on "Financing Development to achieve the Millennium Development Goals" marks important step in preparation for 2008 Review Conference on Financing for Development.

Assembly President urges greater female public participation in Middle East

4 June 2007 - For genuine gender equality to take root in the Middle East, more women must take leadership positions in the public sphere, the United Nations General Assembly President said today in an address to the Senate of Spain in Madrid.

Cooperation among developing nations crucial, Assembly President says

29 May 2007 - To reap the benefits of globalization, countries of the global South must cooperate to achieve development goals and fully integrate into the global economy, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today.

Female UN officers are role models in war-torn States, Assembly President says

28 May 2007 - Female United Nations police and military serve as role models in the war-torn countries where they are deployed, the President of the General Assembly has said.

Newly elected General Assembly President calls for greater multilateralism

24 May 2007 - The United Nations General Assembly today elected Srgjan Kerim of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as the President of its upcoming session.

In addition to this article, the statement of H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa is online as is the acceptance speech of the President-Elect H.E. Srgjan Kerim

Assembly President names two diplomats to guide Security Council reform talks

23 May 2007 - General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has appointed the ambassadors of Chile and Liechtenstein to conduct consultations with United Nations Member States on how to move forward on reform of the 15-member Security Council.

General Assembly President issues call for women’s rights in Middle East

17 May 2007 - The President of the United Nations General Assembly, a lawyer and rights advocate from Bahrain, has issued a strong call for addressing the social, educational and other constraints impeding the equality of women in the Middle East.

Female entrepreneurs deserve better government policies, says Assembly President

14 May 2007 - Governments around the world can play a crucial role in helping to lift women and their families out of poverty by introducing more gender-sensitive policies that offer greater employment, taxation and investment opportunities for women, especially those who want to be entrepreneurs, the General Assembly President said today.

General Assembly president urges unity among cultures

11 May 2007 - Closing a major conference today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa called on the peoples of the world to overcome their mutual indifference to each other to solve grave global problems.

PGA Spokesman interviewed on iCastNews.com

10 April 2007 - Ashraf Kamal, Spokeman for the President of the General Assembly interviewed on iCastNews.com

Calling UN's internal justice system 'ineffective,' General Assembly approves overhaul

4 April 2007 - The General Assembly today responded to what it termed the “slow, cumbersome, ineffective and lacking in professionalism” United Nations system of internal justice, with its “flawed” administrative review, by mandating the first overhaul since its creation six decades ago with a pledge to redress these problems.

UN GA President to visit Kuwait, participate in Arab Summit

17 March 2007 - President of the UN General Assembly Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa will make an official four day visit to Kuwait early next week during which sh is to meet with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and top state officials.

GA President praises membership for adopting resolutions on DPKO and DDA

15 March 2007 - The General Assembly yesterday adopted by consensus two resolutions on strengthening the capacity of the Organization in peacekeeping operations and in advancing the disarmament agenda.

Coverage of the President's official visit to Italy and Germany

President of the General Assembly, Haya Rashed Al Khalifa and Pope Benedict XVI

President of the General Assembly, Haya Rashed Al Khalifa and Pope Benedict XVI

9 March 2007 - Coverage of the President's official visit to Italy and Germany where she met with Pope Benedict XVI, the President and Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy, the Foreign Minister of Germany and other dignitaries.

Help women prosper and society as a whole will benefit, UN Assembly president says

7 March 2007 - Increasing women’s ability to procure financial services is not just a boon to economic development, but is beneficial to society as a whole, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today told participants at a panel discussion on women’s economic empowerment in New York.

General Assembly president urges action to promote gender equality

6 March 2007 - Convening a special meeting of the General Assembly on gender equality and the empowerment of women, the 192-member body’s president today emphasized that these goals are the responsibility of all people, and achieving them will benefit society as a whole.

Italy: UN Assembly Head Visits Brindisi Logistics Base

26 February 2007 - The president of the UN General Assembly, Sheika Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain, on Monday visited the logistics base of the United Nations in the southern Italian port of Brindisi.

Assembly president names five diplomats to lead Security Council reform talks

8 February 2007 - As part of United Nations efforts to reform the 15-member Security Council, General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa today appointed five ambassadors, representing different regions, to move the process forward.

General Assembly President urges Arab States to invest in quality education

H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the General Assembly with H.E. Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State of the United States

H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the General Assembly and H.E. Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State of the United States in Washington DC

7 February 2007 - The only way for the status of women in the Arab world to improve is for the governments there to invest in “quality education,” the United Nations General Assembly President said today, pointing out that simply passing laws on gender equality is not enough because deeply ingrained attitudes have to change.

UN Peacebuilding Commission can help States avoid renewed conflict

6 February 2007 - War-ravaged countries suffering from destabilizing factors such as poverty and lack of good governance can benefit from the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, officials told the General Assembly today.

UN officials urge global push to reverse environmental damage

2 February 2007 - Top United Nations officials today called for international action to reverse environmental damage across the planet, stressing that the world body can play a key role in this effort.

UN marks Holocaust Day as constant reminder to prevent future genocides

29 January 2007 - The United Nations today marked the annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust with an urgent appeal that the remembrance of the millions of Jews and others murdered by the Nazis serve to prevent new massacres, a rebuff for those who deny that the tragedy ever occurred, and moving testimony from survivors.

Gender equality and dialogue among civilizations to be highlighted: Assembly President

21 December 2006 - The United Nations General Assembly will next year discuss gender equality as a key element of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound targets aimed at slashing poverty and other global ills, as well as holding a separate debate on relations between peoples of different beliefs, the body’s president said today

Press Conference

21 December 2006 - Press Conference by the President of General Assembly

General Assembly swears in Ban and pays tribute to outgoing Annan

14 December 2006 - The 192-member General Assembly today swore in Ban Ki-moon as the next United Nations Secretary-General and, standing and applauding, paid a thunderous and prolonged tribute to his predecessor, Kofi Annan, who steps down on 31 December at the end of his 10-year tenure.

General Assembly President proposes three options on Security Council reform

13 December 2006 - After two days of the General Assembly’s annual debate on reforming the 15-member Security Council, the Assembly President has outlined three possible options on how to proceed, noting that while consensus appears to exist on the need to expand its membership, a “divergence of views” continues on how best to do this.

General Assembly President Urges 'Realistic Assessment' of Security Council Reform

11 December 2006 - Acknowledging that past efforts to expand the membership of the United Nations Security Council have not met with success, the President of the General Assembly today urged participants in its annual debate on the issue to take a realistic approach order to open the way for real progress.

Youth should play a greater role in tackling migration issues, UN Assembly president says

1 December 2006 - Young people should play a greater role in addressing migration, gender equality, human rights, the dialogue among civilizations and other issues affecting the world today, the United Nations General Assembly president told a gathering of students in New York today.

Information and communication technology vital to development - UN Assembly chief

29 November 2006 - Information and communication technology (ICT) has a key role to play in helping the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of eight time-bound targets for reducing poverty and ameliorating other social and economic ills, the General Assembly President said today.

General Assembly to hold special session to accelerate progress on development goals

24 November 2006 - Top executives from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Soros Foundation and Sun Microsystems will be on hand next week when the United Nations General Assembly opens a special meeting on reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global antipoverty targets, through partnerships with the private sector and others.

General Assembly President calls for stronger relationship between UN and civil society

21 November 2006 - Civil society organizations can significantly help the United Nations achieve its development agenda, the General Assembly President said today as she called for a closer relationship between the two and a stronger voice for civil society groups within the world body.

General Assembly, UN Foundation to hold forum on NGO access to UN

20 November 2006 - Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from across the world will gather at a forum in New York tomorrow being organized by the President of the General Assembly on their access to the United Nations.

General Assembly President hails resolution strengthening Economic and Social Council

20 November 2006 - The President of the General Assembly today hailed the adoption of a resolution on the work of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which will now regularly convene a new Development Cooperation Forum, respond more quickly to humanitarian emergencies, and share its experience in helping post-conflict countries with the Peacebuilding Commission.

General Assembly President urges action to help orphaned children

17 November 2006 - Orphaned children are among the most vulnerable groups in the world, and the international community must work to protect them, the United Nations General Assembly President said this evening.

The UN Chronicle Interview

"Working for a Safer, More Peaceful, More Prosperous World" - Issue 3, 2006.

Assembly President proposes development debate to 'translate commitment into action'

6 October 2006 - The President of the United Nations General Assembly announced today she has proposed an informal meeting –– involving the UN, donors, recipient countries and others –– focusing on global development, saying she had been encouraged by world leaders’ commitment during last month’s general debate in New York.

Message on the International Day of Peace

21 Sept 2006 - A Message from the President of the United Nations General Assembly on the International Day of Peace.

UN migration meeting opened new avenues for global cooperation – Assembly president

19 Sept 2006 - The President of the United Nations General Assembly today said the body’s recent session on international migration served to underscore how today’s integrated world can serve a positive engine of change.

Opening annual UN debate, General Assembly President urges focus on action

19 Sept 2006 - Opening annual UN debate, General Assembly President urges focus on action

Fighting poverty, UN reform to top General Assembly agenda, says new president

12 Sept 2006 - As the General Assembly opened its 61st session today, the body’s new president promised to focus on alleviating extreme poverty and advancing the process of UN reform undertaken during the previous session.

UN General Assembly to be headed by its third-ever woman president

8 June 2006 - The Legal Counsel to the Royal Family of Bahrain, pioneering lawyer Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa, has been elected President of the 61st General Assembly session, becoming only the third woman who will hold that post and the first one elected since 1969.

 

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