Trade, not just aid, essential for development, speakers tell Assembly

The importance of providing developing countries with access to global markets was stressed today by a number of speakers at the United Nations General Assembly debate who called for more trade, not just aid, to spur economic growth.

World officials stress UN's leadership role on 2nd day of General Debate

Presidents from around the globe stressed the leadership role of the United Nations in setting the international agenda, as they addressed the General Assembly this morning on the second day the General Debate of its 60th anniversary session.

Development challenges highlighted as Assembly’s General Debate continues

Continuing the General Debate of the 60th Anniversary year of the United Nations, the General Assembly this afternoon heard leaders of developing countries describe the challenges they face in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that aim to slash hunger, poverty and other ills by 2015.

Security Council needs to include more members from developing world, says Brazil

The Security Council suffers from a “democracy deficit” and needs to include more permanent and non-permanent members from Africa, Latin America and Asia, Brazil’s External Relations Minister Celso Amorim told the General Assembly today.

At UN Assembly, States urge attention to terrorism and other security threats

National leaders from across the globe addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York today called for measures to tackle terrorism and other security threats prevailing in the world today.

Talks on summit outcome continue as General Assembly winds down current session

The General Assembly this evening wound down the work of its current session as intensive talks continued on a draft United Nations reform plan slated for consideration by national leaders gathering at the world body later this week.

UN officials preview possible outcome of summit on development, UN reform

With the General Assembly’s 2005 World Summit less than six weeks away, senior United Nations officials today presented an early look at what global leaders might adopt when they gather in September to mark the world body’s sixtieth anniversary and forge a new global consensus on development, security, human rights and UN reform.

Thailand's name picked to set seating arrangement for General Assembly session

In an annual ceremony performed in advance of an upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thailand was selected to occupy a front-row spot that will determine the order of seating in the General Assembly Hall during the sixtieth session of the UN's main deliberative body that begins in September.

Work resumes on UN treaty to protect rights of persons with disabilities

With more than 600 million people suffering from disabilities worldwide, a special United Nations committee today began a new two-week session in a bid to finalize the first-ever global convention enshrining equality and non-discrimination for affected persons.

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.