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UN chief proposes ‘sweeping’ management reform to budget committee

4 December 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday proposed sweeping management reform to Member States in the General Assembly’s main administrative and budgetary body, including the adoption of an annual budget cycle, the granting of the power for him to redeploy resources within the approved budget, and the elimination of duplicate functions currently undertaken by different departments.

In Côte d&#39Ivoire, UN chief spotlights importance of AU-EU strategic partnership

29 November 2017
The importance of regional organizations grows with every decade that passes as they are essential to face the difficult challenges that threaten the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday at the African Union-European Union Summit in Côte d&#39Ivoire.

UN ready to assist response efforts following quake in Iran and Iraq, says Guterres

13 November 2017
The United Nations stands ready to assist efforts to respond to the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday, the Organization&#39s top official has said.

UN chief extends condolences to bereaved families in wake of ‘horrific’ shooting in Texas church

6 November 2017
Deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting in a Baptist church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday extended his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of the United States.

Plausible that ‘attack or threat’ led to crash that killed former UN chief Hammarskjöld – new report

25 October 2017
A new United Nations-mandated report has found it “appears plausible” that an external attack or threat may have led to the fatal plane crash that killed former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld.

We need the will to overcome global challenges, Secretary-General says on UN Day

24 October 2017
In his first United Nations Day message, Secretary-General António Guterres called on people around the world to overcome their differences to address global challenges that go beyond national borders.

UN chief Guterres, US President Trump commit to work together to address common challenges

21 October 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met Friday with United States President Donald Trump and discussed, among others, tensions in the Korean Peninsula and the fight against terrorism.

Number of UN civilian casualties falls despite spike in direct attacks against the Organization &#8211 new report

19 October 2017
Despite an increasingly complex global security environment and an unprecedented increase in direct attacks against the United Nations, the number of casualties among UN civilian personnel has declined, Secretary-General António Guterres has said.

New allegation of sexual abuse surfaces at UN mission in Central African Republic

11 October 2017
United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Wednesday that the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported it had received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in Bambari by UN peacekeepers.

UN chief proposes $5.4 billion budget for 2018-2019 biennium

11 October 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today presented the Organization’s proposed programme budget for the 2018-2019 biennium, amounting to just under $5.4 billion, to the UN General Assembly’s main administrative and budget committee.

International Media Seminar discusses objectivity, role of social, traditional media in covering Israel-Palestine conflict

6 October 2017
Journalists, diplomats, academics and civil society representatives shared their views on the status of the Israel-Palestine conflict, ways to end the occupation – now in its fiftieth year – and media coverage of those efforts, during the 2017 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, co organized by the United Nations and held in Vienna from 5 to 6 October.

New UN Day honours unsung heroes who ensure diplomats are ‘on the same page’

29 September 2017
Recognizing the unsung heroes behind international diplomacy, the United Nations is celebrating – for the first time – International Translation Day, paying tribute to the work of the language professionals who play a vital role in facilitating dialogue and understanding among peoples and nations.

FEATURE: See what happened when the world came together at the UN

28 September 2017
Every year in September, world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York for the General Assembly’s annual high-level session. The diplomatic confab draws veteran politicians as well as new faces from all corners of the globe in what is always an interesting and intense week for all involved. Also in attendance are representatives from civil society, academia, the private sector, the media, and the arts and entertainment worlds.

Uruguay joins other nations addressing General Assembly in calling for stronger, more flexible UN

25 September 2017
In his speech to the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Foreign Minister of Uruguay, said strengthened international coordination bodies are needed more than ever, urging respect for the principle of sovereignty.

With annual general debate over, time has come for action, UN Assembly President says

25 September 2017
The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its 72nd annual general debate today, with its President underscoring prevention of conflicts before they break out, support for UN peacekeeping, sustainable development, and respect for human rights and gender equality among the major priorities raised by the 196 Heads of State, Government and delegations

In UN Assembly address, Angola emphasises its ‘decisive’ role in multilateralism

25 September 2017
Underscoring the importance of multilateralism in solving global tensions, Angola told the United Nations General Assembly about its strong engagement and “decisive” role in restoring peace and security in the region, with its commitment for economic development and democratic society

Timor-Leste is vivid example of what UN can do in peacebuilding, Assembly debate told

25 September 2017
Timor-Leste, a country which the United Nations shepherded to independence from Indonesia 15 years ago, stands as a shining example of what the world Organization can achieve in establishing peace and stability, the country’s president told the General Assembly today.

United Nations ‘backbone’ of global order, stresses Norway at Assembly

25 September 2017
Underscoring that the “unprecedented” progress achieved by human kind over the last decades cannot be taken for granted, Norway called for continued international cooperation to safeguard the achievements and to ensure that they remain sustainable

New Zealand, at General Assembly, urges reformed UN to ‘do better’ to solve global problems

25 September 2017
The United Nations is crucial to tackling the plethora of problems confronting the world – from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear programme to global development and climate change – but it can and must do better, New Zealand told the General Assembly’s 72nd annual general debate today

At General Assembly, Mozambique calls for reformed UN, greater aid from wealthy States

25 September 2017
Only a reformed United Nations and a greater commitment from wealthier countries to help the developing world can confront “the overwhelming challenges of our times,” Mozambique told the General Assembly on the last day of its 72nd annual general debate today