At UN, Haitian leader urges ‘second look’ at island nation, where real progress is taking hold

Urging the world to “give Haiti a second look”, because a new country was finally beginning to emerge, Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe told the United Nations General Assembly today that his nation was slowly but surely becoming a true stakeholder in the international community.

Panama’s leader focuses on territorial disputes in UN address

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Panama highlighted several issues related to territorial disputes of his country, while also focusing on eradication of poverty and other goals of long-term sustainable development.

Leaders of Latin American countries urge major push to promote social justice, end inequality

Political leaders from the Latin American region warned the United Nations General Assembly today that deepening inequality and unfair economic policies condemn vulnerable people to the margins of society and prevent small countries from enjoying the rights enshrined in the UN Charter, and urged a new global commitment to peaceful, inclusive development.

At UN debate, Brazilian President urges protection of Internet users

In her speech to the General Assembly’s high-level debate today, the President of Brazil, Dilma Roussef, urged the United Nations to play a leading role in protecting Internet users from illegal interception of communications and data, and decried recent allegations of electronic information spying as “serious violations of human rights”.

US President urges UN Member States to confront 'profound new challenges'

With the world facing a raft of “profound new challenges,” United States President Barack Obama challenged United Nations Member States today to evince the courage and determination to act decisively “when the breakdown of societies is so great [and] the violence against civilians so substantial.”

At UN, Chilean President tells permanent Security Council members to abandon veto

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera today called for profound reform of the United Nations Security Council, increasing its membership, abandoning the veto enjoyed by the five current permanent members, and instituting a super-majority rule for the adoption of major decisions.

Both peace and justice vital to heal wounds of conflict, Colombian leader tells UN

Stressing the need to ensure justice as well as peace and stability in the wake of long-term conflict, the President of Colombia told the United Nations General Assembly today that transitional recovery efforts must include clear strategies to secure “the best possible satisfaction of the rights of all victims.”

Costa Rica spotlights contribution of youth, technology, to global development agenda

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla-Miranda highlighted in an address to the United Nations today the contribution of young people to the new development agenda through innovation and the use of new technologies.

Education is ‘the key’ to development opportunities, Paraguayan President tells Assembly

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate today, the President of Paraguay highlighted the importance of education and stressed that opportunities, not hand-outs, helped countries achieve progress in a dignified manner.

Uruguayan President focuses on climate change, environment in UN Assembly speech

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the President of Uruguay today urged the international community to strengthen efforts to preserve the planet for future generations.