General Assembly adopts new $3.16 billion budget - no growth in real terms

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a $3.16 billion budget for 2004-2005 that shows no growth in real terms but rearranges priorities in favour of humanitarian activities and grants Secretary-General Kofi Annan new authority to transfer up to 50 posts among different parts of the budget.

New General Assembly measures aim to enhance its authority

The General Assembly today voted for measures aimed at revitalizing its work and enhancing its authority amid concerns from Member States that other United Nations bodies, including the Security Council, are reducing its traditional role.

UN General Assembly passes resolutions on security, disarmament issues

The United Nations General Assembly yesterday passed 52 resolutions on security and disarmament issues, mostly nuclear, ranging from an attempt to outlaw non-strategic nuclear weapons to a call for a review conference next year on the international convention banning landmines.

General Assembly debate highlights concerns of developing countries

The United Nations General Assembly continued its high-level debate well into the second week today, with world leaders calling for the expansion of notions of national security beyond political and military issues to include transnational crime, economic debility and pandemics of communicable diseases.

As General Assembly debate continues, leaders urge unity in fighting terrorism

Continuing the annual high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders today called for the strengthening of the fight against terrorism, but underscored the centrality of multilateralism and peaceful dialogue in such efforts.

Leaders call for global cooperation as General Assembly enters 2nd week

As the annual high-level debate of world leaders at the General Assembly entered its second week today, leaders stressed international cooperation in addressing global issues and urged the speedy revamping of the United Nations in order to effectively address those challenges.

Leaders continue calls for multilateralism, reform on 4th day of UN Assembly debate

World leaders today continued to call for multilateralism in addressing global security issues and reform of the United Nations, as the General Assembly's annual high-level debate entered its fourth day.

Annan goes into third day of bilateral meetings with world leaders

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan went into a third day of bilateral meetings with world leaders today on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, conferring with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, and President Alfred Moisiu of Albania, one of Europe’s smallest.

'Centrality' of UN keynote theme on third day of General Assembly debate

The centrality of the United Nations to solving the world's multiple crises was the keynote theme as the General Assembly's annual high-level debate moved into its third day.

Poor nations call for fairness from rich at General Assembly afternoon session

Some of the world's poorest nations called on the richest today to provide them with the keys to development through fairer trade at the afternoon session of the third day of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level debate.