General Assembly approves UN budget for 2002-2003

The United Nations General Assembly concluded the main part of its fifty-sixth annual session this afternoon, when it approved a budget of $2.63 billion for the UN for the next two years (2002-2003).

General Assembly President looks back on 'eventful and extraordinary' session

The President of the General Assembly today looked back on what he termed "one of the most eventful and extraordinary sessions in the history of the United Nations" as the 189-member body moved to wrap up the main part of its annual meeting.

General Assembly adopts wide-ranging resolutions on economic, financial issues

The General Assembly today adopted over three dozen resolutions on a wide range of economic and financial matters, including the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.

General Assembly calls on States to deny safe haven to terrorist

States were called on to deny safe haven to terrorists, as the UN General Assembly adopted 65 resolutions on human rights and social matters this morning, on recommendations from its Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee. The same resolution -- on human rights and terrorism -- also asked governments to consider whether a person has planned, facilitated or participated in terrorist acts before deciding to grant him or her asylum. The Assembly expressed solidarity with the victims of terror, and condemned incitement to ethnic hatred, in the resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 102 in favour, with 69 abstentions.

Measures on terrorism, human cloning passed by General Assembly

In a series of actions on legal matters, the United Nations General Assembly today decided to establish a panel to study the elaboration of an international convention against the reproductive cloning of human beings and called for continued work on a draft accord against terrorism.

General Assembly requests observance of 'Olympic Truce' during 2002 Games

Aiming to promote international understanding, peace and goodwill, the United Nations General Assembly today requested the observance of an Olympic Truce during next year's Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Draft resolution on anti-terrorism approved by UN Assembly's legal committee

Deeply disturbed at the persistence of terrorist acts worldwide and condemning the heinous attacks of 11 September in the host country, the General Assembly’s Legal Committee today approved a draft resolution strongly condemning all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomsoever committed.

Extreme poverty, marginalization fuel conflict, General Assembly told

International efforts to block the financing of terrorism and to cope with the problems of extreme poverty and marginalization that often led to conflict were among the subjects raised this afternoon, as the General Assembly neared the end of its annual high-level debate.

Presidents of Micronesia, Nicaragua address Assembly as it opens 4th day of debate

As the United Nations General Assembly's entered the fourth day of its annual debate this morning, high-level representatives of some 30 countries were set to address the UN's main deliberative body, including two presidents and two prime ministers.

UN General Assembly begins annual high-level debate

The 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly today began its annual high-level debate with the campaign against terrorism and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan at the forefront of concern.