General Assembly committee backs global moratorium against death penalty

A committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted today to back a resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions with a view to eventually abolishing the death penalty entirely.

Assembly President calls for international relations to reflect key principles

A new culture of international relations based on the principles of full respect for human rights, human security, the responsibility to protect and the promotion of sustainable development is necessary, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today.

Progress made on path to Security Council reform, says Assembly President

United Nations Member States have paved the way to identifying the contentious elements that will form the basis of negotiations on reforming the Security Council, the General Assembly President said today after the 192-member forum wrapped up a three-day debate on the issue.

General Assembly president urges framework to address Security Council reform

As the General Assembly today embarked on a wide-ranging debate on Security Council reform, the 192-member body’s president said he looked forward to hearing the proposals of Member States and urged them to adopt a framework that would foster concrete results.

Promoting the rule of law central to UN’s mission, says Migiro

Advancing the rule of law at both the national and international levels is at the very heart of the United Nations’ mission, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today, appealing to Member States to support the world body’s efforts in that regard.

First-ever memoir of former General Assembly President launched at UN

With the release of Beyond the Shadow of 9/11: A Year at the United Nations General Assembly, former Assembly President Han Seung-soo today became the first person ever to launch a memoir about the presidency.

Concerns of world’s vulnerable countries top UN Assembly’s agenda: President

The concerns of the world’s most vulnerable countries, including climate change and the need to reach global anti-poverty targets, top the agenda of the current session of the General Assembly, its president said today.

UN legal chief voices support for convention on criminal accountability

Stressing that criminal conduct by personnel taking part in United Nations operations is unacceptable, the United Nations Legal Counsel today expressed support for a possible international convention that would address current jurisdictional gaps and hold perpetrators accountable.

UN Assembly meeting showed importance of interreligious dialogue – President

Participation of over 80 countries and groups in the General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on interreligious and intercultural understanding showed the importance Member States place on the issue, the 192-member body’s president said today at the close of the first event of its kind at the United Nations.

General Assembly session on interreligious dialogue advances values – President

The General Assembly today convened its first-ever high-level dialogue on interreligious and intercultural understanding in a move the 192-member body’s president termed a step forward for advancing the values enshrined in the United Nations Charter.