Europe

We stopped migration with a €1billion border fence – Hungarian Minister tells General Assembly

Hungary had proved wrong arguments that migration is impossible to stop by securing its borders with a €1 billion (about $1.16 billion) fence, the country’s Foreign Minister told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate.

Path to solving global challenges ‘is clear;’ it will take a strong UN to lead the way, Denmark tells General Assembly

All parts of the United Nations “must embrace this opportunity to change and create real improvements to the benefit of the people,” Ulla Tørnæs, Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation, said on Friday, stressing that the world body’s Member States had thrown their support behind the Secretary-General's ambitions reform agenda and now it was time to make those proposals a reality.

Russia’s Lavrov denounces from UN podium West’s ‘brute force’ pursuit of domination

Denouncing their use of “political blackmail, economic pressure, and brute force,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday to accuse Western States of seeking to retain their self-proclaimed status as ‘world leaders.’

‘Not in my backyard’ attitude will not resolve crises – Greek Prime Minister

Recalling the challenges confronting Greece not so long ago, and the calls at the time from various quarters urging unilateral steps and disengagement with the international community, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underscored at the United Nations on Friday the importance of collective action and wisdom to overcome complex problems.

Address shared challenges by supporting ‘collective efforts’ and reform, Albania’s President says at UN

At the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate on Friday, Albanian President, Ilir Meta told world leaders that “we continue to see the UN as a multilateral instrument through which peaceful international order is safeguarded.”

President of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia denounces move to change country’s name

Reminding the General Assembly on Thursday that Macedonia had been a co-founder of the United Nations, Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, strongly rejected a referendum on changing the name of his country, calling it “a flagrant violation” of sovereignty.

Reject passivity and embrace ‘responsibility for our future,’ Lithuania’s President tells UN Assembly

Multilateralism and cooperation must be the focus of dialogue between United Nations Member States as Lithuania’s President warned against ‘nationalism and division’ at the General Assembly on Thursday.

UK’s May stresses global cooperation at UN General Assembly

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May warned world leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday that only global cooperation can tackle global challenges such as climate change and unequal economic growth, avoiding the pitfalls of totalitarianism, war, and intolerance that marked the last century.

In UN address, Ukraine President denounces Russia's ‘aggressive expansionist policies’

Devoting most of his speech before the United Nations General Assembly to castigating Russia for what he said was its “2014 annexation of Crimea” and backing separatists fighting in the Ukraine’s east, Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, said that only international action will stop Moscow’s “aggressive expansionist policies.”

‘We all need to see the bigger picture;’ cooperation is the key to making the world better for all, Estonia tells UN Assembly

Empathy, equality, and efficiency should be the hallmarks of the work of the United Nations, Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia, told the General Assembly today as she set out her country’s vision for addressing global challenges such as migration, climate change and the shrinking space for free trade.