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Annan holds second day of bilateral meetings with world leaders

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan began a second day of bilateral meetings with world leaders today on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, conferring with Ahmad Chalabi, who currently holds the rotating Presidency of the 25-member Iraqi Governing Council.

Primacy of UN dominates second day of General Assembly debate

The primacy of the United Nations, Security Council reform, terrorism, poverty and development continued to dominate the General Assembly on the second day of its annual high-level meeting as Heads of State and Government mounted the rostrum to address the 191-member body's general debate.

Africa's problems come to fore in General Assembly debate

The problems of Africa, including AIDS, hunger, poverty and underdevelopment, came to the fore of the second afternoon session of the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, with six Heads of State or Government from the continent among the 15 leaders to mount the rostrum.

Annan holds daylong series of bilateral meetings with world leaders

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan held a daylong series of bilateral meetings with world leaders today on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, starting this morning with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and United States President George W. Bush.

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.

Former General Assembly Presidents express support for Annan

The former Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly have expressed their full support for the role Secretary-General Kofi Annan is playing in the present climate of international tension, according to a letter released today at UN Headquarters in New York.