General Assembly votes for funds to strengthen world body's security

Noting "a new security environment," the United Nations General Assembly has approved an appropriation of nearly $54 million to strengthen and unify the world body's security system.

General Assembly gives Annan what its president calls vote of confidence

The United Nations General Assembly today gave Secretary-General Kofi Annan a standing ovation and a lengthy round of applause, in what its president called a "rare and valuable homage" and a vote of confidence - a characterization which followed calls for the UN leader's resignation from some members of the United States Congress.

Past General Assembly presidents voice concern at threat of UN's marginalization

A group of past Presidents of the General Assembly today voiced their concern at the growing threat of marginalization of the United Nations and called for its main deliberative and legislative body to uphold the principle of international legitimacy by requiring Member States to comply with UN resolutions.

UN should forge stronger ties with civil society, Deputy Secretary-General says

The General Assembly today began discussing a report endorsed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan which urges the United Nations to open its deliberations to greater involvement by civil society groups.

Concerns of island nations top final session of UN Assembly's high-level debate

The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its annual high-level debate today by hearing calls for continued assistance to small island nations struggling to deal with development and environmental issues.

General Assembly focuses on drug trade, human rights and economic inequalities

The illegal drug trade, human rights, the root causes of terrorism and the deep economic inequalities between rich and poor nations dominated the agenda as the General Assembly's annual high-level debate continued today at UN Headquarters in New York.

At UN Assembly, Chad's envoy seeks support for Sudanese refugees from Darfur

Addressing national leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, the Foreign Minister of Chad issued an appeal for international support to his country, which is hosting hundreds of thousands of Sudanese who fled fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Anti-terror fight must not detract from other priorities, officials tell UN Assembly

Calling attention to a range of global ills which must be addressed through international action, foreign envoys addressing the General Assembly this afternoon emphasized that the fight against terrorism should not dilute efforts to address these other security concerns.

General Assembly speakers canvass topics from terrorism to trade and debt relief

From the dangers of terrorism and the importance of regional solidarity to the concerns of small island States and calls for the introduction of debt relief, leaders from around the world spotlighted a diverse array of issues during the annual high-level debate at the United Nations General Assembly this morning.

General Assembly debate discusses Security Council, terrorism, global trade

Security Council reform, calls for a fairer global trading system, disarmament, the threat of terrorism and the gap between the haves and have-nots were among the subjects debated this morning when the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level debate resumed for its second week.