Poor States need trade more than aid to overcome poverty, speakers tell UN Assembly

Stressing that aid alone will not enable poor countries to achieve economic growth, senior officials from Member States addressing the United Nations General Assembly today called for increased access to global markets.

UN Assembly President outlines plan of action to build on Summit's gains

Urging all States to build on the progress achieved by the recent United Nations Summit meeting, the President of the General Assembly today outlined concrete plans to move the negotiation process forward.

World must fight intolerance against Muslims, Singapore tells UN Assembly

The United Nations must translate its pledges to promote tolerance into concrete and specific actions that will combat anti-Muslim bias, the Foreign Minister of Singapore told the General Assembly today.

Equality among nations highlighted as General Assembly continues annual debate

The representatives of small and medium-sized countries voiced their opinions on a wide range of issues facing the international community and their own governments, including United Nations reform and moving to greater equity in economic development and human rights, as the General Assembly completed the sixth day of its annual debate for the current 60th anniversary session.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister says UN should convene session to adopt anti-terror plan

The United Nations should convene a meeting of senior officials from across the globe to formulate a plan to deal with terrorism effectively, the Foreign Minister of Egypt told the General Assembly this morning as it continued its annual debate.

Ministers highlight impact of policy on people as UN Assembly continues

As the General Assembly continued the General Debate of its 60th anniversary session this afternoon, government ministers stressed that international agreements and State activities should have concrete, positive impact on the security, rights and peaceful socioeconomic development of the world's people.

Saying UN ties are 'better than ever,' Israel declares candidacy for Security Council seat

Israel's relations with the United Nations are "better than ever" and the country will, for the first time, seek a temporary seat on the Security Council, its Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

Peace and development retain focus as Assembly debate continues

The General Assembly heard ministers of governments around the world call for more urgent action on reforming the United Nations to help it better maintain peace and security, along with meeting development goals, as the 60th anniversary General Debate of that body continued on its fourth day.

States say Summit Outcome should serve as platform for further action

Speakers addressing the General Assembly's annual debate today offered mixed assessments of the Outcome document adopted at last week's United Nations Summit, while generally agreeing that it should serve as a platform for future action.

At General Assembly debate, States hail Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, urge more action

Israel's recent withdrawal from Gaza was hailed today in the United Nations General Assembly by a number of speakers who also called for further action to restore Palestinian rights and achieve peace in the Middle East.