Refugees perish at ‘alarming’ rate on dangerous crossing to Europe – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency reported today that new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of 2013 show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

Equality must be driving force of new development agenda, Belarussian minister tells UN

As the international community lays the foundation for a sustainable development agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals in 2016, the Foreign Minister of Belarus today urged the United Nations General Assembly to make globalization more even and equitable than it has been up to now.

UN expert urges European nations to rethink policies as migration-related deaths rise

In attempting to seal their borders, European nations are facing an “impossible” task, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of migrants said today, as he encouraged the European Union (EU) to identify new legal channels of migration in an effort to save lives.

European leaders tell UN ‘collective sense of purpose’ needed to maintain peace, security

Addressing the General Assembly this afternoon, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister, Aurelia Frick, said acts of aggression perpetrated against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of parts of its territory underline the need to enforce international law

Holy See calls at General Assembly for ‘renewed’ UN to use ‘licit force’ against terror

In the face of terrorist attacks on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, and other lethal crises, Pope Francis’ representative at the General Assembly’s high-level annual meeting today called for a reinvigorated United Nations capable of deploying the necessary multilateral force to defeat the scourge.

Spanish job growth still ‘incomplete’ amid slow global economic recovery – UN report

The Spanish economy requires “comprehensive” measures to boost lagging job creation and lower its rate of chronic unemployment, among the highest in Europe, a new report by the United Nations labour agency has warned.

European leaders addressing UN say current crises threaten global governance system

European leaders addressing the United Nations General Assembly today raised the spectre of what some saw as Russia’s largely unchallenged actions in Ukraine and the march of armed militants through large swaths of northern Iraq as emblematic of an international system in dire need of repair.

Greece calls for closer cooperation between Europe, UN in crisis management

Addressing the General Assembly today, Greek Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos called for strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union to maintain world peace.

In address, Russia calls for Security Council probe of all aspects of terrorism

Calling for a comprehensive approach to terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the General Assembly’s podium today to propose a United Nations Security Council enquiry into all aspects of the scourge in the Middle East and North Africa.

At UN Assembly, Bosnia and Herzegovina appeals for scale-up in foreign investment

In his address to the annual General Assembly debate in New York, a Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina today called for support from developed countries for its “development and recovery path.”