UN Affairs

Concerns of small island States head General Assembly session

The problems bedevilling the world's small island States, especially global warming, fishing rights, natural disasters and the inequalities of global trade, dominated this morning's session of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level debate.

Iraqi leader appeals to UN Assembly for help to defeat terrorists, rebuild country

As the General Assembly wrapped up the fourth day of its annual high-level debate, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi of Iraq appealed to its neighbours and the international community for help in rebuilding the country ruined by war and a brutal regime and defeating terrorists bent on destroying the dreams of the Iraqi people for a country rooted in democracy.

Primacy of UN in global affairs key theme on third day of Assembly's debate

The primacy of the United Nations in dealing with global issues - whether economic and social development or international peace and security - continued to be the key theme as the General Assembly moved into the third day of its annual high-level debate.

Security Council resolution 'incentive' to Darfur rebels, Sudan tells Assembly

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly this afternoon, the Foreign Minister of Sudan pledged to work for peace and respect for human rights in the country's vast and blighted Darfur region, but denounced a Security Council resolution threatening sanctions in the absence of action.

General Assembly opens 58th session with plea for multilateralism and reform

The United Nations General Assembly opened its 58th annual session today with a minute of silence for staff killed in the terrorist attack in Baghdad, a pledge to persevere in the speedy restoration of sovereignty to the Iraqi people, a promise to pursue the benefits of multilateralism embodied by the world organization and a plea for reform.