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.

Major public health issues on agenda at UN meeting in Geneva

The top United Nations health decision-making body kicks off its annual session in Geneva today focusing on a draft global immunization strategy as well as other international strategies aimed at disease control and prevention.

Evil of Holocaust still threatens world, Annan says ahead of special UN Assembly session

The evil that killed 6 million Jews and others in the Nazi death camps 60 years ago still threatens the world, and the global community must ensure that such horror never occurs again, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today ahead of next week's special session of the General Assembly to commemorate the camps' liberation.

General Assembly to mark 60th anniversary of liberation of Nazi death camps

The United Nations, founded 60 years ago on the principle of "never again" after the horrors of the Nazi holocaust, announced today that it will hold a special General Assembly session later this month to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps.