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Central American leaders say UN must be reformed and democratized to tackle today’s crises

As the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly entered its third day, leaders from Central America stressed reform of United Nations institutions and the urgent need to bolster multilateral relations between States.

Venezuelan President urges UN to build new geopolitical system that respects needs of all people

Calling today for “new geopolitical system that respects the needs of the people,” the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, told the General Assembly that the United Nations must create a world that rejected every kind of hegemony, the use of force, and military and economic domination.

Uruguay leader urges UN action to ease global burden of noncommunicable diseases

President of Uruguay Tabaré Vazquez addressed the United Nations General Assembly today, urging decisive action from the world community to find solutions to a raft of global challenges, including migration and the increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases.

President of Guyana urges UN to protect small States from foreign aggression

Reaffirming his country’s commitment to international law and the primacy of the decisions of the United Nations, the President of Guyana today called on the world body to stand by its commitment to protect small States from foreign aggression, in this case, attempts by Venezuela to “unravel borders which have been undisturbed for decades.”

After latest round of peace talks, Colombia on ‘final path’ to end 50-year conflict, President tells UN

President Juan Manuel Santos told the United Nations General Assembly today that Colombia’s 50-year conflict is coming to an end, following the latest advances in the three-year peace process between the Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels.

Latin American leaders urge reform of UN bodies, highlight 2030 ‘agenda of change’

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, one of several leaders from the Latin American and Caribbean region to address the General Assembly today, warned of the urgent need for United Nations Member States to react to the plight of refugees, which she said had become a global crisis affecting peace and security.

‘Living well,’ not capitalism, key to sustainability and social justice, Bolivia tells UN Assembly

Decrying capitalism and the predatory polices of multinational corporations, the President of Bolivia, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly today, called for all countries to reject the imperialist models that lead to poverty and inequality and to take up the philosophy of ‘living well’ – the key to sustainable development and social justice.

Addressing General Debate, Cuban President calls for end to US embargo

In his first-ever address to the United Nations General Debate, Cuban President Raúl Castro noted the warming of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba before promising to reintroduce an annual resolution calling for an end to the long-standing US embargo on the island nation.

Mexican President urges UN to reform Security Council, step up action against world drug problem

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Enrique Peña Nieto spotlighted key issues facing the world body and urged the international community to promote sustainable development and combat climate change and also encouraged the reform and modernization of the UN Security Council.

At UN Assembly, Brazilian President urges solidarity towards Global Goals, tackling refugee crisis

Following the tradition of being the first Head of State to address the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today, in a wide-ranging address, stressed, among other issues, her country’s improved economy after the 2008 economic crisis and its efforts to provide refuge for migrants stranded across Europe.