UN Affairs

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.

UN wrestling with security questions one year after Baghdad bombing – Annan

The terrorist bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad one year ago has forced the world body to wrestle with fundamental questions regarding security, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today at a solemn ceremony in Geneva marking the anniversary.

In worldwide ceremonies, UN mourns Baghdad terror victims on first anniversary

With solemn words and mournful music, black ribbons and a silent march, the lighting of candles and the unveiling of plaques, the entire United Nations system today marked the first anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, one of the darkest days in the world body's history.

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.

Annan mourns death of US Senator Paul Wellstone in plane crash

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan mourned the death today of United States Senator Paul Wellstone in a plane crash over Minnesota, remembering him as a “profoundly decent” man and a friend of the UN.

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.

FAO teams up with the Netherlands to promote food security

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Netherlands today signed a new multi-million dollar agreement, in which Dutch authorities pledged to contribute $9 million up to the end of 2002 and to develop the cooperation into a long-term arrangement.