Addressing Assembly, Annan warns UN at crossroads over issue of unilateral action

The unilateralism of recent events has called into question the decades-old tradition of global consensus on collective security and brought the international community to a fork in the road, portending a moment “no less decisive than 1945 itself, when the United Nations was founded,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Terrorism, multilateralism and UN reform highlight UN Assembly's debate

The continued fight against terrorism, multilateralism, dealing with the worldwide ills of poverty and hunger and the debate over reform of the United Nations were among the themes highlighted by world leaders as the General Assembly's annual high-level debate concluded its morning session.

Wrapping up first day of debate, UN Assembly hears call for concerted action

Wrapping up the first day of its annual high-level debate, the United Nations General Assembly heard one world leader after another call for concerted action to fight the troubles that plague the international community.

General Assembly caps 2003 work, condemns 'deliberate' attack on UN staff

The United Nations General Assembly today closed its fifty-seventh session by unanimously condemning the 19 August attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, and urgently called on all nations to help find and prosecute the perpetrators of this "vicious act."

Microcredit and microfinance are important poverty reduction tools - Annan

Microcredit and other financial services for poor people are important instruments for poverty reduction and for empowerment, especially for women, according to a report prepared by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the upcoming General Assembly session.