General Assembly sets out its work programme for annual session

The General Assembly today agreed to consider 163 agenda items during the annual session that began this week but decided for the fifteenth consecutive year to exclude a bid by some Member States to discuss the representation of Taiwan, Province of China in the world body.

New General Assembly president calls for focus on priority issues

Climate change, financing for development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), management reform and counter-terrorism should all receive priority attention from the General Assembly over the next year, the incoming president Srgjan Kerim said today as he opened its sixty-second session.

Outgoing General Assembly president urges more dialogue among civilizations

As the United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its sixty-first session today, the outgoing president, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain, urged greater focus in the years ahead on dialogue among civilizations before passing the gavel to her successor, Srgjan Kerim of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

General Assembly President stresses value of interfaith dialogue in securing peace

Accepting an award for her work for peace and development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue in realizing these goals.

Newly elected General Assembly President calls for greater multilateralism

The United Nations General Assembly today elected Srgjan Kerim of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as the President of its upcoming session.

Georgia and Jamaica elected to serve on UN Peacebuilding Commission

The General Assembly today elected Georgia and Jamaica to the Organizational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission, the body set up by the United Nations in December 2005 to prevent countries emerging from conflict from falling back into chaos.

UN agency chief calls for building of ‘health legacy’ for women, Africa

The chief of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today called on global leaders to build a “health legacy” for women and the people of Africa, as she addressed the annual policy meeting of the body in Geneva Switzerland.

Outgoing chair of UN-backed health assembly urges rapid knowledge-sharing on diseases

The outgoing chair of the decision-making body of the United Nations World Health Organization today stressed the importance of rapid, world-wide sharing of knowledge on diseases, as he opened the annual policy meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Assembly president names five diplomats to lead Security Council reform talks

As part of United Nations efforts to reform the 15-member Security Council, General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa today appointed five ambassadors, representing different regions, to move the process forward.

General Assembly President urges Arab States to invest in quality education

The only way for the status of women in the Arab world to improve is for the governments there to invest in “quality education,” the United Nations General Assembly President said today, pointing out that simply passing laws on gender equality is not enough because deeply ingrained attitudes have to change.