UN Affairs

Israeli Prime Minister Lapid backs two-State solution

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday said a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “the right thing” for Israel, but he cautioned that a future Palestinian state must not be “another terror base”.

Somalia committed to tackling twin threats of looming famine and terrorism, President tells UN Assembly

Despite efforts to move past decades of drought and conflict, Somalia is facing some of the most complex crises in the world, its President said today at the UN General Assembly, urging international partners to help the nation avert a looming famine and defeat the scourge of terrorism.

Leadership Council marks ‘new era’ for Yemen, but country remains wary of terrorist threat

President Rashad Mohammed Al-Alimi said on Thursday that with the formation in early April of the Presidential Leadership Council as the legitimate representative of the Yemeni people, his country had entered a new era in based on partnership and national consensus.

Pandemic worsened inequalities, exposed true essence of unjust global order, Cuba tells UN

Addressing world leaders gathered for the first fully in-person high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in three years, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the true essence of the unjust and unsustainable prevailing international order.

Ukrainian President outlines peace formula that punishes aggression, restores security

Russia must be punished for its “illegal war” against Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday – part of a “peace formula” that also calls for greater civilian protection and defense support. 

As global economic crises ‘pile up’, Ghanaian leader says it's time for urgent attention

It was doubtful that any generation of Earth’s inhabitants has ever witnessed “such a perfect storm of global economic chaos, a war with global consequences, and an unwillingness or inability to find a consensus to deal with the catastrophe,” the President of Ghana told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

At UN, Iran’s leader decries West’s ‘double standard’ towards country’s nuclear programme

Taking the rostrum at the annual United Nations General Assembly, Iran’s President decried as a great injustice the “double standard” exhibited by Western nations towards what he described as his country’s peaceful nuclear activities.

Libya working towards a democratic transformation, President tells UN

Libyan President Muhammad Yunus Al-Manfi told the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that as it moves towards building a State of institutions and establishing principles of democracy, his country has through a decade of “pain and hope”.

Africa is doing its part but must do more, says Rwandan President Kagame

Referring to a world in a state of turbulence, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Wednesday called for multilateral cooperation and efforts to address intersecting crises, including climate change, food price inflation, conflict and migration. 

Global economy a ‘two-lane highway’, says Kenyan President during UN speech

In his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, William Samoei Ruto, the President of Kenya, described the global economy as an unequal, “two-lane highway”, adding that the lack of global justice and solidarity had been exposed by “existential crisis” of the COVID-19 pandemic.