UN Affairs

Pacific small islands and ‘Big Ocean’ nations at UN Assembly make the case for climate action, shift to clean energy

Facing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy. 

Human rights, multilateralism and battling COVID-19, top focus of European Union

The European Union has been at the forefront of international cooperation to defeat “the same common enemy”, COVID-19, the President of the European Council, told the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Italy calls for reinvigorated multilateral system to combat ‘invisible enemy’, COVID-19

Today the world is faced with “an invisible enemy” that has upended lives, suffocated the world economy and limited freedoms, the Prime Minster of Italy told the United Nations on Friday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan warns of rising Islamophobia

The driving force in international relations must be cooperation, in accordance with the principles of international law, and not confrontation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan told world leaders gathered virtually at the UN General Assembly. 

Pandemic is ‘a time to separate what is necessary from what is not’: Pope Francis

The COVID-19 pandemic is a trial, but also “a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not”, Pope Francis told world leaders on Friday, in his virtual address to the UN General Assembly. 

How long must we wait for a just solution, Palestinian President Abbas asks world leaders

The President of the State of Palestine addressed, via a pre-recorded video, the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, highlighting the suffering of his people and the misery they experience every day “while the world stands by watching.”

At UN Assembly, President of Burundi rejects diplomatic aggression against his country

The “indiscriminate consequences” of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of multilateralism and how the world handles global challenges and contradictions, the President of Burundi told world leaders gathered virtually for the UN General Assembly. 

CAR President calls for better representation of Africa on the Security Council

Central African Republic, like nearly every nation on the planet, has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic, with indictors predicting a contraction by up to 1.2 of the country’s economic growth, President Faustin Archange Touadera said on Thursday, calling on world leaders to unite against the virus. 

Haiti’s President urges ‘critical rethink’ to ensure development assistance targets national priorities

Noting the multidimensional consequences of COVID‑19, as well as ongoing political and socio-economic strife in many countries, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse told the UN General Assembly that today, more than ever, the world needs a multilateral system that performs better through greater solidarity.  

Through solidarity, humanity will overcome COVID-19 pandemic: Timor-Leste President

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of achieving a sustainable future for all people and the planet, the President of Timor-Leste said in his speech to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.