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UN Assembly, Economic and Social Council launch joint talks on development partnerships

9 April  2014 - The United Nations took a major step on the road towards crafting a new, sustainability-focused agenda, as two of the Organization’s main bodies – the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – brought Member States together to weigh action-oriented solutions for mobilizing new and existing development partnerships.

Backing Ukraine’s territorial integrity, UN Assembly declares Crimea referendum invalid

27 March  2014 - In a vote that reaffirmed Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a measure underscoring that the mid-March referendum in Crimea that led to the peninsula’s annexation by Russia “has no validity” and that the parties should “pursue immediately a peaceful resolution of the situation.”

UN Assembly spotlights key role of women, youth, civil society in development agenda

6 March  2014 - Equality, inclusiveness and participation must guide the framing of the world agenda for sustainable development, the President of the General Assembly said today, urging Member States to ensure that women, young people and civil society participate fully.

General Assembly President encourages disarmament meeting to stay focused

3 March  2014 - The world’s only multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations today decided to renew an informal working group aimed at reinvigorating discussions which have stalled since the 1990s, a step that the President of the United Nations General Assembly termed “crucial,” as he urged members to follow up with real progress.

UN General Assembly President launches initiative for post-2015 development agenda

6 February  2014 - General Assembly President John Ashe today launched a major effort to harness the support of all 193 United Nations Member States and civil society to formulate a new development agenda with the potential to guide the course of humankind away from poverty for decades to come.