General Assembly chief hopes budget talks will be resolved tomorrow

The General Assembly could agree by as early as tomorrow on the United Nations’ budget for the next two years, the Assembly’s President Jan Eliasson said today, after weeks of contentious and often slow-moving talks on the issue.

Annan reports to General Assembly on proposed UN ethics office

Mandated by the September world summit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent a report to the UN General Assembly on establishing a new ethics office with independent external oversight and auditing, as well as with expanded provisions governing whistle-blowing and staff financial disclosures.

UN General Assembly approves resolutions on fisheries and Law of the Sea

The United Nations General Assembly today called on countries that have not yet done so to become a party to the Law of the Sea regarding jurisdiction over national and international waters, as well as the seabed, and to maintain sustainable fisheries.

General Assembly adopts convention on electronic communications in contracting

Updating international trade law to take account of new technologies, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a new convention on using electronic communications in international contracting, superseding law negotiated before the development of e-mail and the Internet.

Assembly president says Human Rights Council negotiations could wind up next month

United Nations General Assembly President Jan Eliasson today expressed the hope that consultations on a new and strengthened human rights body, proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and authorized by the World Summit in September, will be wound up by the end of next month to allow a seamless transition from the existing Commission on Human Rights.

General Assembly President outlines progress on UN World Summit issues

United Nations Member States are ready to step up talks on decisions made by world leaders at the September 2005 World Summit in New York in the areas of peace-building, terrorism, human rights, development and UN management, the President of the General Assembly said today.

UN General Assembly adopts traffic resolution amid dire mortality warnings

Amid predictions that worldwide traffic deaths will soon outstrip the deadly scourge of AIDS, the United Nations General Assembly resolved to mark a yearly day of remembrance for road victims, and called on nations globally to improve road safety.

Young people gather at UN General Assembly to review global action plan

Ten years after adopting the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, the United Nations General Assembly gathered young representatives from across the world to evaluate how the plan has fared.

UN economic chief warns of slowing global economy, increased risk in 2006

Rising oil prices and trade imbalances are combining with natural disasters and geopolitical instability to slow the global economy, a senior United Nations official has told a General Assembly committee.

General Assembly President outlines plan to implement World Summit outcome

In a bid to capitalize on the momentum of the recently concluded World Summit that brought together the largest-ever number of leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, the President of the UN's main legislative body outlined today "an ambitious agenda" to move the Organization forward in a number of crucial areas, including peacebuilding, development, human rights and management reform.