70th General Assembly

Choosing the next UN Chief: “We are in uncharted waters”

“We are in uncharted waters” that's the assessment of the President of the UN General Assembly on the appointment of the world's most senior diplomat, the next man or woman, to head the United Nations.

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“Most open, transparent” selection process for next UN chief ongoing

This year’s selection process for the next UN Secretary-General is “the most transparent and open” that there has ever been.

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General Assembly "at heart" of United Nations

The General Assembly is “at the heart” of the United Nations, according to the head of the UN Department which supports dialogue and cooperation among the 193 countries that make up the global organization.

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Unique initiative helps spread the word about new global goals

A train known as the UN70 Belarus Express is helping to spread the word about the new Sustainable Development Goals (

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Work must begin immediately on new development agenda

The previous two weeks of intense activity at United Nations headquarters were an “historic” convergence of high-level events, said the spokesperson for the President of the UN General Assembly.

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The political will exists for lasting peace, says South Sudan vice-president.

The vice-president of South Sudan – the world’s youngest nation - said that the “political will” exists to end months of violence in which thousands have died or been forced to flee their homes.

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Burundi denies the country’s taking a step backwards on human rights

Burundi’s foreign minister denied that the country’s human rights record is deteriorating on Friday, following an upsurge in arrests and civil unrest.

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Syria: International community must stop terrorist flow

The “countdown” to ending the conflict in Syria can only begin if UN Security Council resolutions on combatting terrorism are implemented, according to the country’s Deputy Prime Minister.

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Libyans urged to forge their own peace now

The warring parties in Libya have been urged to form a government of national unity, at a high-level UN meeting on the future of their country on Friday.

Failure to do so, would only allow the extremist militants of ISIL to gain a stronger foothold in Libya, the meeting heard.

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Gender issues must feature in new climate deal

The important linkages between gender issues and climate change are being emphasized as world leaders prepare to endorse a new, universal climate change agreement at the end of the year.

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