19 September 2016
The General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants today, thereby mapping a route towards a collective, rights-based response to record displacement numbers around the world.
30 August 2016
Note No. 6485
The International Day against Nuclear Tests will be observed on 31 August at United Nations Headquarters.
16 August 2016
The Secretary-General condemned the reported coalition air strike on a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières in Hajjah, Yemen. He noted that the parties to the conflict in Yemen have damaged or destroyed over 70 health centres, including three other Médecins Sans Frontières-supported facilities.
3 November 2015
In the wake of allegations of corruption against a previous President of the General Assembly, representatives of the 193-member body today debated the function of and the selection to the United Nations highest leadership positions.
15 June 2015
The General Assembly today elected by acclamation Mogens Lykketoft, Speaker of Parliament of Denmark, as President of its seventieth session, also selecting, in consecutive meetings, Bureaux members of its six Main Committees.
3 November 2015
Until donors ramped up contributions, humanitarian actors were no longer able to provide core assistance to the record number of displaced people worldwide, the head of the United Nations refugee agency told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today as it concluded discussions on racism and began consideration of humanitarian questions.
12 November 2015
Sounding a united call for future reports of the Security Council to the General Assembly to be more analytical and less descriptive, a score of non-Council Member States today addressed specific conflict situations, as well as cross-cutting issues affecting cooperation between the Council and other organs of the United Nations.
4 November 2015
The General Assembly would welcome the erection of the Ark of Return — the permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade — in a prominent place at United Nations Headquarters that would be easily accessible to delegates, staff and visitors, according to a draft resolution it adopted today.
30 October 2015
Today’s conflicts were outpacing the ability of the United Nations to address them, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today, drawing attention to new international momentum for the changes needed to ensure that peace operations were designed, equipped and financed to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.
26 October 2015
A powerful earthquake struck Badakshan Province in Afghanistan today, also affecting a large area of Pakistan. Early indications are that the impact of the initial shock may be relatively light, but in Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority says that 148 people were killed and 815 injured.