Asia Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Abe calls for resolute UN action against DPR Korea’s nuclear threat

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, today urged the UN Security Council to show an “unmistakable attitude” towards the threat to international peace and security posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which he said has launched 21 ballistic missiles and conducted two nuclear tests this year alone.

Competition between countries posing serious threats to peace, Prime Minister of Pakistan tells UN

In an United Nations address highlighting that the world is at crossroads – it is freer and more vibrant but chaotic and turbulent; more independent but unequal; and more prosperous but afflicted with poverty – the Prime Minister of Pakistan cautioned that regional peace is under threat as competition between major powers has become more confrontational.

Myanmar’s first civilian leader to address Assembly in 50 years cites UN as inspiration

Mounting the podium of the General Assembly as the representative of Myanmar’s first civilian Government in over 50 years, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said today that the same spirit and goals that inspired the founding of the United Nations 70 years ago inform the country’s new administration.

Dialogue and cooperation most viable path to peace, Afghan Vice-President tells UN Assembly

Drawing the attention of world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to complex global challenges, the Vice-President of Afghanistan today stressed that dialogue and cooperation are the most viable avenue to promote peace and security, as well as to ensure a world without hatred and conflict.

Sustainable development facing ‘strong headwinds,’ Chinese Premier warns UN Assembly

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Li Keqiang, Premier to the State Council of China, said the 2030 Agenda, the new vision for global development adopted last year, faces an ‘uphill battle’ and its full implementation will require the international community to acknowledge a shared, interconnected future and to take concretes steps to tackle challenges.

Addressing UN Assembly, Prime Minister of New Zealand stresses urgency of Security Council reform

Pointing out that the that the crisis in Syria has shown the shortcomings of the work of the United Nations Security Council where in it has not been able to provide a unified response, the Prime Minister of New Zealand highlighted the urgency of reforms at the organization’s primary body responsible for maintenance of international peace and security.

Mongolia’s President cites ‘essential’ nature of sustainable development, UN goal to ‘leave no one behind’

Achieving sustainable development is essential “because no one in the world should be left behind and deprived of the right to development,” the President of Mongolia told the United Nations General Assembly today, urging the international community to work together towards a world where everyone could have a dignified life, free from poverty, violence and depression.

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Sustainable development at core of Fiji’s national agenda, Prime Minister tells UN Assembly

In his address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of Fiji, underscored that “first and foremost, we have placed sustainable development at the core of our national agenda.”

Ban condemns militant attack in India-administered Jammu and Kashmir

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's militant attack in Uri, India-administered Jammu and Kashmir, and expressed deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives and to the Government of India.