Latin American, Caribbean nations at UN highlight unique challenges, climate change woes

Addressing the General Assembly this morning, Suriname’s Foreign Minister Winston Guno Lackin called on the United Nations to “develop the muscles” needed to democratize itself and move away from the “restrictive” veto power.

Caribbean Island leaders in UN Assembly warn of ‘real, ruinous’ impacts of climate change

Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands today warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests and electoral cowardice threaten to squander “our only real chance to save the planet.”

Uruguay urges rooting new sustainable development agenda in human rights

The basis of a new sustainable development agenda must be poverty eradication, rooted in a strong foundation of human rights and recognition of rights, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister today told the United Nations General Assembly, calling for a greater focus on equality.

Colombian bill on military criminal justice ‘major setback’ for human rights, say experts

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts are calling on the Government and the Congress of Colombia to reconsider the possible adoption of a bill that aims to restructure and expand the scope of the jurisdiction of military courts.

Perpetrators of extra-judicial killings in Mexico must be brought to justice – UN expert

The Government of Mexico must “fully investigate, prosecute, and punish” all cases of extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions, a United Nations independent human rights expert stressed today, as he welcomed the country’s recent arrest of eight military personnel suspected in the extra-judicial killings of 22 unarmed criminals.

Cuba takes General Assembly podium to call for deep UN reform

Speaking from the tribune of the General Assembly today, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called for a profound reform of the United Nations, starting with the 15-member Security Council.

Haiti calls for a reformed, strengthened UN at General Assembly high-level debate

President Michel Martelly of Haiti, which United Nations missions have helped overcome natural disasters and political crises, took the podium of the General Assembly today to call for strengthening the world Organization in the face of the myriad emergencies it faces.

In UN address, El Salvador leader urges joint action on issue of unaccompanied migrant children

Addressing the General Assembly this morning El Salvador’s President, Salvador Sánchez Cerén called on the international community to support Central American countries to overcome the crisis generated by the increased flow of unaccompanied migrant children travelling to the United States.

In annual address, Guyana urges UN Assembly to focus on border issues for development

The most important precondition for development progress is peace, the President of Guyana told the annual United Nations Assembly debate, calling on the Organization to redouble its efforts to resolve border issues which fuel conflicts in parts of the world.

Peace will succeed only when people have a chance at a better life, Canada’s leader tells UN Assembly

Addressing the General Assembly this evening, Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, said his country had a strong record in serving humanity and upholding the values of the United Nations.