Gender equality and dialogue among civilizations to be highlighted: Assembly President

The United Nations General Assembly will next year discuss gender equality as a key element of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound targets aimed at slashing poverty and other global ills, as well as holding a separate debate on relations between peoples of different beliefs, the body’s president said today.

General Assembly criticizes human rights abuses in DPR Korea, Belarus, Iran

Acting on reports of torture in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), harassment of journalists and failure to hold free elections in Belarus, and intimidation of human rights workers and political opponents in Iran, the General Assembly has called on all three States to immediately end such abuses.

General Assembly adopts resolutions criticizing Israeli actions against Palestinians

The General Assembly has adopted several resolutions criticizing Israeli actions in the occupied Palestinian territory, in particular by reiterating its call for a complete halt to all settlement activity and calling on the Government to ensure the safety of United Nations staff providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians.

Marking human solidarity day, UN officials stress collective responsibility to help poor

The world has a collective responsibility to alleviate the plight of the poorest people, and to promote economic development and break the cycle that traps so many people in poverty by devising more innovative solutions, United Nations officials said today as they observed the first International Human Solidarity Day.

General Assembly committee to examine criminal accountability of UN staff

The United Nations General Assembly has agreed to set up to a committee to consider the criminal accountability of UN officials and experts serving on peacekeeping missions.

Youth should play greater role in tackling migration issues, UN Assembly president says

Young people should play a greater role in addressing migration, gender equality, human rights, the dialogue among civilizations and other issues affecting the world today, the United Nations General Assembly president told a gathering of students in New York today.

General Assembly President calls for stronger relationship between UN and civil society

Civil society organizations can significantly help the United Nations achieve its development agenda, the General Assembly President said today as she called for a closer relationship between the two and a stronger voice for civil society groups within the world body.

General Assembly, UN Foundation to hold forum on NGO access to UN

Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from across the world will gather at a forum in New York tomorrow being organized by the President of the General Assembly on their access to the United Nations.

UN rights group urges General Assembly to adopt treaty against enforced disappearances

A United Nations human rights group today called on the 192-member General Assembly to adopt immediately a new treaty to protect people against enforced disappearances by making it a Government obligation to prevent and punish the crime.

Controller gives UN’s financial health mixed report card

The United Nations’ Capital Master Plan is in better shape than last year, but the Organization’s regular budget faces uncertainty due partly to swelling peacekeeping bills and Member States with overdue assessments, the UN’s chief controller said today.