UN Affairs

Countries must build on successes of decolonization, Ban tells Caribbean seminar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged Caribbean countries to build on the successes of decolonization, in remarks to a United Nations-sponsored regional seminar in Quito, Ecuador.

General Assembly adds French Polynesia to UN decolonization list

The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to place French Polynesia back on the UN list of territories that should be decolonized and requested the French Government to “facilitate rapid progress […] towards a self-determination process.”

Interview with former UN official Brian Urquhart (Part 2)

Sir Brian Urquhart, who celebrates his 94th birthday in February, is a living chronicle of a large chunk of 20th century history.

 

Throughout his four decades of service to the United Nations, starting as one of its very first staff members and ending as an Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, he also helped shape history-making moments. He was present for the birth of the United Nations in 1945, and was witness to many of the Organization’s – and the world’s – seminal milestones.

Interview with former UN official Brian Urquhart (Part 1)

Sir Brian Urquhart, who celebrates his 94th birthday in February, is a living chronicle of a large chunk of 20th century history.

 

Throughout his four decades of service to the United Nations, starting as one of its very first staff members and ending as an Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, he also helped shape history-making moments. He was present for the birth of the United Nations in 1945, and was witness to many of the Organization’s – and the world’s – seminal milestones.

Ban calls for fresh ideas to advance decolonization as UN body begins annual session

With the world undergoing a “great transition,” it is time for a new kind of inclusive dialogue about decolonization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for fresh approaches to resolve the situations of the remaining 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Global hotspots top agenda as UN chief meets with new US Secretary of State

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Washington D.C. today on a range of issues, including Syria, Mali and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the United Nations chief stressing the importance of United States leadership in tackling global challenges.

FEATURE: The UN General Assembly’s Fifth Committee – administrative and budgetary issues

Established in 1945, at the end stages of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly serves as the world body's principal policy-making and deliberative organ, providing a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.