UN Affairs

FEATURE: The UN General Assembly’s First Committee - disarmament and international security 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.

FEATURE: What does the UN General Assembly do when the General Debate ends?

The United Nations General Assembly.

Some have called it the world’s largest talking shop; others have called it a parliament of mankind. Often, there are a range of views inbetween and around those two perpectives.

New President outlines priorities for 67th General Assembly session

Giving the General Assembly a more prominent role in discussions on global economic governance and strengthening efforts to achieve the peaceful resolution of disputes will be among the priorities for the 67th session, the President of the 193-member body said today.

General Assembly opens new session with call to tackle urgent global issues

The United Nations General Assembly today opened its 67th session with an urgent call for cooperation to tackle the economic and political uncertainty which is being experienced in many parts of the world and ensure there are peaceful solutions to international disputes.

Wrapping up 66th session, Al-Nasser hails strong and responsive General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly has stood “strong, active and responsive” to the global challenges of the past year, its outgoing President said today, as he concluded the sixty-sixth session.

Ban stresses ‘people power’ and partnerships at start of second term as UN chief

Ban Ki-moon has begun his second term as UN Secretary-General by pledging to harness the “power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, poverty and women’s empowerment.

Secretary-General welcomes US pledge of renewed engagement with UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitment to renewed United States engagement with the United Nations as stressed by US Ambassador Susan Rice, as well as the Government’s recent contributions to the world body’s budget.

UN General Assembly on verge of negotiating Security Council reform

On-going work on reshaping the size and membership of the Security Council and making the vital organ of the world body more democratic is finally heading for serious negotiations, the Ambassador to the United Nations for Afghanistan, Zahir Tanin, told the press today.

Starring role for UN in new documentary premiering in New York

A new film casting the work of the United Nations in the starring role has its world premiere today at the Organization’s Headquarters in New York.

Enlarging Security Council essential to defeating global crises, France tells UN

The membership of the Security Council and other key international institutions must be urgently broadened if the world is to overcome its most acute crises, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the General Assembly’s high-level debate today.