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Fallout from Boko Haram violence fastest growing crisis in Africa, warns UN relief official

The humanitarian fallout from the violence inflicted by Boko Haram is the fastest growing crisis in Africa, a senior United Nations relief official warned today, appealing for concerted action on the humanitarian, security and development fronts to tackle the situation.

‘The time for excuses is over,’ small island leaders tell UN, urging global action on climate change

Speaking today at the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Fiji, along with the leaders of other small island developing States, warned of the existential threat of climate change and looked forward to the possibility of consensus at an upcoming UN climate conference in Paris.

Addressing UN, Lebanese Prime Minister calls on world powers to end ‘ongoing massacres’

Holding up a photograph at the podium of the General Assembly of three-year old Aylan lying face down on a Turkish beach – the Syrian boy who drowned at the beginning of the month along with his mother and brother – the President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon reiterated his country’s call to all powers in the world to “end the ongoing massacres.”

In UN Assembly speech, Pakistan’s Prime Minister proposes new peace initiative with India

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif proposed today renewed peace talks with India, aimed at defining the relationship between the Asian countries ‘as one of cooperation, not confrontation.’

Meeting at UN, Middle East Quartet strongly condemns Israeli-Palestinian violence

The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East Quartet today condemned “in the strongest possible terms” violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and reiterated that unilateral actions by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of a negotiated solution.

New UN treatment guidelines say all people with HIV should get antiretrovirals

Anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today, as it issued new guidelines that could help avert more than 21 million deaths and 28 million new infections by 2030.

Terrorism and climate change greatest threats to humanity, Bangladeshi leader tells UN Assembly

As the global community marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh told the UN General Assembly today that two global challenges pose the greatest threat to the sustainability of humankind: terrorism and violent extremism, and climate change.

Global response to terrorism vital for solving refugee crisis, European leaders tell UN

European leaders took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for a global response to terrorism, both by combatting it and taking early action to pre-empt the scourge, which has seen hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding to the continent’s doorstep.

High-level UN event tackles biggest refugee and migration crisis since Second World War

As the world confronts the biggest refugee and migration crisis since the Second World War, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened a high-level meeting on the issue and outlined eight guiding principles to improve preparedness.

‘UN has no equal,’ Sultan of Brunei tells Assembly, praising scope of new sustainability agenda

Despite what some people may say about its effectiveness, the Sultan of Brunei today told world leaders in the General Assembly that the United Nations has no equal, and 70 years of existence is a testament to its relevance.