Global community must exceed current trade and aid pledges, GA president says

United Nations General Assembly President Jean Ping has called on the international community to honour and even exceed current commitments on debt reduction, trade and aid so as to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eliminating or reducing many socio-economic ills by 2015.

As UN Assembly meets with public groups Annan hails key role of civil society

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged civil society groups meeting in New York to keep making their voices heard and to hold governments – and the UN – responsible for the obligations and promises that had been made to ensure a safer, prosperous and more equitable world for all.

General Assembly opens historic talks with civil society

The United Nations General Assembly today opened its first-ever interactive sessions with civil society groups who will present proposals on security, human rights, development and UN renewal, ahead of a landmark summit in September commemorating the world body's 60th anniversary.

Strengthening entrepreneurship can spur development financing – Annan report

Ahead of the General Assembly's ministerial-level Dialogue on Financing for Development next week, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has issued a report outlining ways to create a healthy business environment that can help boost socio-economic growth in poor countries.

General Assembly set to hold first-ever hearings with civil society groups

The views and opinions of civil society can help shape the discussions under way for a world summit in September commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly said today.

Sweden's Ambassador to the US elected president of next General Assembly session

Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson was elected today to preside over the sixtieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is scheduled to open on 13 September.