UN rights chief urges Serbia to allow pride parade for lesbian and gay people

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Serbia to allow a pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to take place after authorities banned the public gathering, stressing that citizens should not be prevented from exercising their fundamental freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

‘Revive the spirit of San Francisco,’ Belarus Foreign Minister tells UN General Assembly debate

Highlighting the universal legitimacy of the United Nations in his address to the world body’s General Assembly, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, today called for the international community to “revive the spirit of San Francisco” – where the Organization was founded – in order to deal with challenges the world currently faces.

At UN debate, Slovenia’s Prime Minister urges new strategy to prevent mass atrocities

Noting the crisis in Syria, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, called on the international community to develop a new strategy to prevent genocide and other mass atrocities.

At UN General Debate, European officials stress need for action on Syrian crisis

Today’s global challenges demand that the United Nations, as the world’s leading multilateral forum, step up and take the lead in tackling issues such as poverty eradication, sustainable development and the peaceful settlement of conflicts, such as the ongoing violence in Syria, the General Assembly heard today.

Syrian crisis makes UN reform ever more urgent, European ministers tells debate

The year and a half of deadly violence in Syria is clear testimony of the need to reform the United Nations to strengthen its preventive capabilities, European ministers told the General Assembly today.

Revitalizing UN General Assembly necessary for small states, San Marino minister tells debate

Describing the United Nations General Assembly as the international community’s “most democratic” body, the Minister of Foreign and Political Affairs with functions of Prime Minister of the Republic of San Marino, Antonella Mularoni, said her country strongly supports the “revitalization” of the chamber’s powers.

At UN, European Foreign Ministers issue calls supporting freedom and representation

The Security Council must adapt to a dynamic and changing world, Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, told the United Nations General Assembly today in a speech calling for greater representation in the UN body.

At General Debate, Turkey’s Foreign Minister urges UN reform, action on Syrian crisis

The Security Council must be reformed in order to respond to the world’s “real needs,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said today in his statement to the United Nations General Assembly, adding that without reform, the UN body risked irrelevance.

At UN General Debate, Russian Foreign Minister calls for return to Geneva accord on Syria

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, today urged Member States to help bridge the divisions in the Security Council over the ongoing Syrian conflict and promote a return to an agreement outlining the steps for a peaceful transition in the Middle Eastern country.

Human rights and failure to unite over Syria addressed by European ministers at UN debate

Croatia’s Prime Minister, Austria’s Vice-Chancellor and Sweden’s Foreign Affairs Minister lamented the lack of unity in the United Nations Security Council over the conflict in Syria as they addressed the UN General Assembly today, while Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister joined those speakers in speaking out on the need for strong human rights protections.