UN Affairs

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.

UN General Assembly admits Timor-Leste as 191st member

More than three years after the Timorese people voted to begin the process of independence from Indonesia, the General Assembly today voted to admit the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as the 191st Member State of the United Nations.