UN Affairs

At UN Assembly, Ecuador pledges support for world’s ‘abandoned people’ and persons with disabilities

Taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate, Lenin Moreno Garces, President of Ecuador, opened his address stressing that the principal of “cause and effect” can provide an opportunity for societies to change their circumstances.

‘Multilateralism is the only answer to the challenges we face,’ UN Assembly President tells world leaders

With a call to multilateralism and shared work towards sustainable development and equality for all, María Fernanda Espinosa formally inaugurated the seventy-third general debate of the of the United Nations General Assembly.

UN News Daily Guide: General Debate kicks off, peacekeeping, human rights for all and South Sudan

On the occasion of the 73rd General Assembly, the UN is hosting a plethora of events with some of the world’s most prominent leaders and experts, to set the pace on dozens of critical global topics. To help you navigate and make sure you don’t miss out on anything important, here’s the second of our daily UN News guides to what’s going on.

Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”.

UN News Daily Guide: Mandela Peace Summit, Global Goals, Youth and Yemen

As the United Nations enters its biggest weeks of the year with a plethora of events, speakers and leaders’ meetings, UN News will be preparing a daily guide to help you navigate what’s going on and keep abreast of the world-changing decisions that are made in the hallways of UN headquarters in New York. 

Guterres hails late Viet Nam President as ‘Friend of the United Nations’

On behalf of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, issued a statement on Friday, expressing the UN chief’s sadness over the passing of Viet Nam President Tran Dai Quang.

Ferry tragedy takes lives in Tanzania, Guterres offers condolences, support

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement of condolence and solidarity after a passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, in Ukurewe district of Tanzania.

‘Faith and inspiration’ of late Kofi Annan needed now more than ever – UN chief Guterres

At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday led tributes to former UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on 18 August at the age of 80.

Remembering Kofi Annan

From 1997 to 2005, Kofi Annan, the late United Nations Secretary-General, championed everything from stronger human rights and peacekeeping operations around the world, to revitalizing the UN itself by insisting on creating a new dynamic deputy chief role, an effective ethics office and the mantra of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation.

Adjust UN force in Abyei to current realities, peacekeeping chief urges Security Council

Amidst an increase in criminal activity in the Abyei area, which is contested by Sudan and South Sudan, the United Nations top peacekeeping official on Thursday called for deployment of additional police units, to enhance the UN’s focus on maintaining law and order there, and furthering peace between local communities.