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Assembly President calls for strengthened powers in interests of democracy

Dr. Ali Treki

General Assembly President Ali Treki

13 September 2010 – General Assembly President Ali Treki wrapped up his year in office today with the same plea with which he began it – that the 192-member body be given more power beyond its current authority to issue non-binding resolutions.

At present only resolutions of the 15-member Security Council, on which the five permanent members have veto power, are legally binding.

General Assembly President voices concern on activities at Jerusalem cemetery

13 September – General Assembly President Ali Treki expressed profound concern today at what he called the desecration of the ancient Muslim cemetery of Mamilla in Jerusalem.

General Assembly stresses global cooperation and dialogue to combat terrorism

9 September – United Nations Member States must work together to combat international terrorism, one of the most serious threats to global peace and security, the General Assembly says, stressing the need for dialogue and the involvement of regional organizations and civil society in counter-terrorism measures.

General Assembly chief deplores threat to burn copies of Koran

9 September – General Assembly President Ali Treki has added his voice to United Nations concern about the threat by a Christian clergyman in the United States to burn copies of the Koran.

General Assembly hears calls for global solidarity to help flood-hit Pakistan

19 August – Speaker after speaker took the floor at a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for global solidarity to help flood-hit Pakistan in the wake of the country’s worst disaster in living memory and for generous support for vital relief operations.

Assembly chief takes part in independence celebration in Republic of Congo

16 August – The President of the United Nations General Assembly has just wrapped up a three-day official visit to the Republic of Congo that included the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence.

General Assembly chief voices deep sadness after deadly capsizing in DR Congo

29 July – General Assembly President Ali Treki today expressed deep sadness after learning that a boat overturned on a major river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reportedly killing around 140 people.

General Assembly President voices sadness over deadly plane crash in Pakistan

28 July – The President of the General Assembly has voiced his sadness after learning of today’s plane crash near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, which has reportedly killed all 152 people aboard the aircraft.

Queen Elizabeth II hails UN’s leadership in ever-changing world

6 July 2010 – Addressing the United Nations for the first time in more than 50 years, Queen Elizabeth II today lauded the world body for its many achievements, while exhorting it to continue playing its lead role in the cause of peace and prosperity for all.

In historic move, UN creates single entity to promote women’s empowerment

2 July 2010 – In a bid to accelerate the empowerment of women, the General Assembly today voted unanimously to create a dynamic new entity merging four United Nations offices focusing on gender equality, a move hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials.

General Assembly President meets Ecuadorian leader on final leg of trip

30 June – The global efforts to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were at the centre of talks today between General Assembly President Ali Treki and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa.

Assembly President and Cuban leaders discuss South-South cooperation

29 June – Boosting so-called South-South cooperation, or collaboration among developing countries, topped discussions between General Assembly President Ali Treki and senior Cuban officials as the head of the 192-member body today wrapped up a three-day visit to the Caribbean island nation.

General Assembly President and Venezuelan leader discuss development, UN reform

24 June – United Nations reform, climate change and global efforts to achieve the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have topped the agenda during wide-ranging talks between General Assembly President Ali Treki and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Top UN officials stress need to strengthen and sharpen peacekeeping

22 June – United Nations officials today stressed the need to ensure that the world body is equipped with the requisite human, material and financial resources, and the backing of Member States, to field successful peace operations, as they marked the 10th anniversary of a landmark report on the issue.

Assembly President and Turkish leader discuss Gaza flotilla incident

8 June – General Assembly President Ali Treki today held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan focusing on the recent Israeli interception of a flotilla of boats carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip that led to nine civilians being killed.

General Assembly President voices sorrow over deadly Bangladeshi blaze

4 June – The President of the General Assembly today expressed his deep sadness over a fire in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, which has claimed the lives of at least 115 people and injured many more.

General Assembly President and Qatari leader discuss Gaza flotilla raid

2 June – The Israeli military “attack” on the humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza, which led to the deaths of 10 civilians, was among the issues discussed by General Assembly President Ali Treki during a meeting in Doha with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

UN pays tribute to peacekeepers’ work and sacrifices in world’s hot spots

28 May – The United Nations celebrated on 28 May the dedication and courage of the men and women who play an indispensable role in the cause of peace around the world, while honouring the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price in that service.

UN the only forum for solving global problems – General Assembly President

27 May – Solutions to current challenges facing the international community can only be found through cooperative effort under the auspices of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly has said.

African challenges top Assembly President’s talks with Cameroonian leader

21 May – The challenges and opportunities for Africa’s peace and development were the focus of discussions between General Assembly President Ali Treki and Cameroonian President Paul Biya this week.

UN Member States debate ways to fight piracy off Somalia

14 May – The United Nations General Assembly today held a day-long informal meeting on piracy, with Assembly President Ali Treki calling for broader international efforts and resources to combat the ever-expanding scourge, particularly off the coast of war-torn Somalia.

General Assembly elects 14 countries to serve on UN Human Rights Council

13 May – Fourteen countries were elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for three-year terms starting next month after one round of balloting today among Member States at UN Headquarters in New York.

Concluding Asian trip, General Assembly President confers with Pakistani leaders

7 May – The President of the General Assembly Ali Treki today concluded a three-nation visit to Asia after holding talks with the Pakistani leadership, including the President and the Prime Minister, that focused on issues related to global peace and development.

Anti-poverty targets the focus of discussions as Treki continues visit to China

30 April – The ambitious set of social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) topped the agenda today as General Assembly President Ali Treki continued his official visit to China.

General Assembly President meets with Chinese minister during Asian visit

28 April – General Assembly President Ali Treki spotlighted the United Nations’ priorities today as he continued his visit to China by discussing development topics and peace and security in the Middle East and Africa with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

General Assembly President arrives in China at start of Asian tour

26 April – The President of the General Assembly arrived today in the Chinese capital, Beijing, kicking off a visit to Asia that will also take him to India and Pakistan.

General Assembly President arrives in China at start of Asian tour

26 April 2010– The President of the General Assembly arrived today in the Chinese capital, Beijing, kicking off a visit to Asia that will also take him to India and Pakistan.

General Assembly President confers with his Security Council counterpart

20 April 2010– The President of the General Assembly Ali Treki has met with the President of the Security Council for April, Yukio Takasu of Japan, to discuss important issues on the agendas of the two United Nations principal organs.

General Assembly President confers with his Security Council counterpart

20 April – The President of the General Assembly Ali Treki has met with the President of the Security Council for April, Yukio Takasu of Japan, to discuss important issues on the agendas of the two United Nations principal organs.

UN officials express sadness after deadly quake strikes western China

14 April 2010 – General Assembly President Ali Treki and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness after learning of the earthquake that struck western China this morning, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands more, and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

General Assembly President confers with Bahraini leader on Middle East

13 April 2010 – General Assembly President Ali Treki, on the final leg of a four-nation Middle East tour, today discussed the Arab-Israeli conflict with ?Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifah.

General Assembly President discusses Middle East crisis with ruler of Kuwait

12 April 2010 – General Assembly President Ali Treki has discussed the Middle East situation and the United Nations role in the Arab-Israeli conflict in talks with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on the third leg of a tour of the region.

UN tributes continue after Polish leader and other senior officials are killed

12 April 2010 – The General Assembly President and the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added their voices to UN tributes after the Polish President and many senior Government and military figures in his country were killed in a plane crash.

General Assembly President heads to Kuwait after visiting Yemen

9 April 2010 – The President of the General Assembly Ali Treki today headed to Kuwait after wrapping up a three-day visit to Yemen where he had talks with senior Government officials on international maritime piracy and other regional challenges.

General Assembly President arrives in Yemen on second leg of Middle East tour

7 April 2010 – The President of the General Assembly has begun the second leg of a 15-day, four-nation trip to the Middle East after earlier holding talks with top Syrian officials that focused on the role of the United Nations in the region.

Billions pledged at donors’ conference as Ban calls for wholesale rebuilding of Haiti

31 March 2010 – Dozens of nations and organizations today pledged almost $10 billion in immediate and long-term aid to help Haiti recover from the recent devastating earthquake, just hours after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a day-long donors’ conference by calling for the wholesale rebuilding of the country.

General Assembly President and the Secretary-General call for rejection of extremism

17 March 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for a rejection of extremism, underscoring that the international grouping of over 100 countries known as the Non-Aligned Movement, or NAM, has an invaluable role to play in promoting greater understanding.


General Assembly President holds talks with Korean officials in Seoul

12 March 2010 – The President of the General Assembly today met with the President of the Republic of Korea and other senior officials in Seoul to discuss pressing issues at the top of the United Nations agenda, including poverty, relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti and Chile and climate change.


As Gaza blockade nears 1,000-day milestone, UN official warns situation worsens

10 March 2010 – The situation in the Gaza Strip is becoming increasingly dire as the Israeli blockade approaches its 1,000th day, allowing an illegal economy to flourish, the new head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting millions of Palestinian refugees said today.


General Assembly President travels to Asia for two-nation tour

10 March 2010 – The President of the General Assembly is on his way to the Republic of Korea and the Philippines for talks with senior officials from both countries that will focus on interfaith dialogue, economic development and other issues.


UN tribute to colleagues killed in Haitian quake

9 March 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led United Nations staff and the family and friends of personnel who perished in the Haitian earthquake in honouring the memory of the 101 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the Organization.


UN officials urge greater support for empowering women on International Day

8 March 2010 – Top United Nations officials are marking International Women’s Day by calling for greater support to women, particularly in developing countries, so that they can be empowered and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.


Citing recent tensions, Security Council urges restraint by Israelis, Palestinians

6 March 2010 – Members of the United Nations Security Council have called for restraint by all sides and an early return to the negotiating table, while voicing their concern at the current “tense” situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

Assembly President hopeful UN summit will lead to progress on anti-poverty targets

4 March 2010 – The global financial and economic downturn has reversed the gains made in some countries towards attaining the anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, the President of the General Assembly said today, stressing the importance of a high-level meeting to be convened at the United Nations in September to discuss progress.


Middle East situation tops Assembly President’s talks with Egyptian leader

22 February 2010 – The situation in the Middle East – including the report by a United Nations fact-finding mission into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of last year – was among the topics discussed today in Cairo between the President of the General Assembly and the leader of Egypt.


General Assembly President visits Egypt to hold talks with senior officials

19 February 2010 – The President of the General Assembly arrived in Cairo today to meet with senior officials of the Egyptian Government and representatives of the League of Arab States.


Ban urges continued support for UN’s ‘invaluable’ peacebuilding tools

17 February 2010– The instruments used by the United Nations to support countries emerging from conflict to build lasting peace have proved invaluable since they were created over five years ago, Secretary-General said today, urging continued support and resources for this vital pillar of the world body’s work.

United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II plans to address UN General Assembly

25 January 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Ali Treki today welcomed the announcement from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II will visit United Nations Headquarters in New York in July.

Assembly President hopes next year’s Mexico meeting will forge climate pact

22 December 2009 – While most countries are not happy with the outcome of this month’s summit on climate change in Copenhagen, “really good progress” was made towards a binding agreement “to save the world,” with the United Nations leading the way to possible adoption at next year’s meeting in Mexico, General Assembly President Ali Treki said today.

UN marks Human Rights Day with call to end all forms of discrimination

10 December 2009 – The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by stressing the enduring need to eliminate all forms of discrimination, with officials in the world’s most crisis-plagued regions – from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia – appealing for tolerance in the interests of peace.

General Assembly President expresses concern at Swiss ban on minarets

2 December 2009 – The President of the General Assembly today added his voice to a chorus of United Nations concern over the weekend referendum in Switzerland which outlawed the erection of new minarets.

UN uses speeches, photo exhibit and concert to voice solidarity with Palestinians

30 November 2009 – The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is being observed today at United Nations Headquarters in New York with a special commemorative meeting, a new photographic exhibition and a concert by Maqamat, an orchestra of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

UN confident of success at Copenhagen climate summit, with US on board

19 November 2009 – With just 17 days left before the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen, a top UN official today predicted success for a framework accord including specific reduction targets from the United States, the only hold-out among industrialized nations, with a formal treaty to follow within six months.

UN honours Nelson Mandela with International Day on 18 July

11 November 2009 – The United Nations has declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

Assembly President calls on Israel, Palestinians to implement resolution on Gaza conflict

General Assembly President Ali Treki briefs the media

General Assembly President Ali Treki briefs the media

6 November 2009 – General Assembly President Ali Treki today urged Israel and the Palestinians to heed the body’s call to conduct credible investigations into charges that both sides were guilty of serious human rights violations during the conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of the year.

General Assembly backs findings of UN report into Gaza conflict

5 November 2009 – The General Assembly today endorsed the report of the United Nations investigation which found that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations during the conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of the year.

General Assembly begins debate on UN rights probe into Gaza conflict

4 November 2009 – The General Assembly today began its debate on the report of the United Nations probe which found that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations during the Gaza conflict earlier this year.

General Assembly to consider UN probe into Gaza conflict next week

30 October 2009 – The General Assembly will meet on 4 November to consider the report of the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict, which found evidence that both Israel and the Palestinians committed serious war crimes during the hostilities earlier this year.

General Assembly elects 22 new members of UN Economic and Social Council

26 October 2009 – The General Assembly today elected 22 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations and the body responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of various UN specialized agencies, regional commissions and functional commissions.

With concerts, films and ceremonies, UN marks its 64th birthday

23 October 2009 – The United Nations marked its 64th birthday today with ceremonies around the world, a concert at its New York Headquarters paying tribute to its blue helmet peacekeepers, and a call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stand up for the vulnerable, powerless and defenceless.

Assembly President heralds ‘new era of engagement’ as debate wraps up

General Assembly President Ali Treki

General Assembly President Ali Treki

29 September 2009 – Wrapping up the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, the 192-member body’s President today welcomed the “new era of engagement” based on respect among Member States, underscoring that the vision of nations coming together to tackle common challenges is at the heart of the United Nations.

Multilateralism the only way forward, General Assembly President says

23 September 2009 – Multilateralism is the only practical method for tackling major international problems and the United Nations offers the most legitimate forum for ensuring countries take meaningful global action, the President of the General Assembly said today as he urged UN Member States to work more closely with the world body.


General Assembly President and US leader hold wide-ranging talks at UN

President of the General Assembly Ali Treki (left) with United States President Barack Obama

President of the General Assembly Ali Treki (left) with United States President Barack Obama

22 September 2009 – The new President of the General Assembly, Ali Treki, held wide-ranging talks with United States President Barack Obama today, broaching peace and security, climate change, the Middle East conflict, the Darfur conflict in Sudan, disarmament and African development.

Dr. Treki voiced appreciation for Mr. Obama’s speech in Cairo earlier this year to the Muslim world, which he said opened the door for promoting more effectively the dialogue among civilizations, his spokesperson said in a statement.

New General Assembly President calls for strengthening of 192-member body

General Assembly President Ali Treki

General Assembly President Ali Treki

18 September 2009 – The new General Assembly President, Ali Treki of Libya, today reiterated his call for the revitalization of the 192-member body, saying its decisions should be respected. At present only the decisions of the 15-member Security Council are binding.

“The majority of countries are in favour asserting the authority of the General Assembly, which represents the world as a whole,” he told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.

New General Assembly President opens session with call for UN reform

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, (right) President for the 63rd General Assembly hands over the gavel to incoming President Ali Treki

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, (right) President for the 63rd General Assembly hands over the gavel to incoming President Ali Treki

15 September 2009 – The General Assembly opened its 64th annual session today with its new President, Ali Treki of Libya, calling for reform of the United Nations with an expanded Security Council representing full geographic diversity and an Assembly that has the ability to implement its resolutions.

Currently only resolutions of the 15-member Council, and not those of the 192-member Assembly, are legally binding.