UN Affairs

Denouncing Russia’s war in Ukraine, German Chancellor calls for upholding rules-based global order

The international community cannot stand by as a major power uses violence to expand its borders, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, calling on Member States to uphold the founding purposes and principles of the Organization.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ‘tramples on the UN Charter’ says Japanese Prime Minister

More than 75 years have passed since the establishment of the United Nations as a guardian of global peace, “we are still witnessing the devastation in Ukraine and around the world”, said Japanese Prime Minister, Kishida Fumio, during his speech to the UN General Assembly.

DR Congo President denounces ‘aggression’ by Rwanda, calls on UN to support African-led mediation

The major challenges facing humanity “complex and interlocking,” Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said on Tuesday evening, while he also noted that the DRC had faced decades of 'agression' at the hands of a neighbouring country. 

Central African Republic President calls for protecting the environment

The current session of the UN General Assembly provides a “solemn opportunity” to consider common challenges that are of serious concern to the future of humanity, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR) told the global gathering on Tuesday.

Macron condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a ‘return to imperialism’, calls on UN to support path to peace

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a return to “imperialism” and said that those who remained silent or were “secretly complicit” were engaging in a “new cynicism” that was eroding the global order.

Türkiye: Ukraine grain export deal among UN’s greatest recent accomplishments

The landmark agreement to export grain out of war-torn Ukraine is among the UN’s greatest accomplishments in recent decades, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the General Assembly on Tuesday. 

Irrational war on drugs, destruction of the Amazon, expose humanity’s failures, Colombia’s Petro tells UN

During his first speech at the General Assembly as the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro said that the world’s addiction to money, oil and carbon is destroying the rainforest and its people under the excuse of a “hypocritical” war against drugs.

Domestic action lays foundation for addressing global challenges, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells UN

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro kicked off the annual high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly citing his nation’s achievements in addressing an array of challenges including public health, economic recovery and sustainable development.

World’s complex challenges are great, but not insurmountable, Assembly President says, opening 77th session

At what he called “the most consequential moment of the last four decades,” General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi banged the ceremonial gavel to open the UN General Debate, calling for “solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science” – his motto for the Assembly’s 77th session.

Guterres calls for ‘coalition of the world’ to overcome divisions, provide hope in place of turmoil

With people from all points of the globe crying out for relief and hope, international action on major challenges – from climate to conflict and securing sustainable development – is paralyzed by dysfunction and held hostage to geopolitical tensions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Tuesday.