General Assembly approves nearly 17 per cent increase in current UN budget

The United Nations General Assembly today approved an almost 17 per cent increase in the current United Nations budget for the 2008/2009 period to $4.87 billion from $4.17 billion, including nearly $500 million for the next six months for peacekeeping operations in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region.

UN Assembly President calls stories he tried to stop Israel speaking ‘malicious lie’

United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto today called media stories that he tried to prevent Israel’s representative from speaking on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “a malicious and absolute lie.”

Ban holds talks with several world leaders ahead of annual General Assembly debate

As world leaders prepare to convene at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the annual debate of the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with a number of them individually to discuss some of today's most pressing issues.

Ban congratulates General Assembly President-elect

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua on his election as President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly.

Nicaraguan elected to head next session of General Assembly

The former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann will become the next President of the General Assembly after the 192-member body elected him today by acclamation.

Focus in Myanmar on saving lives, not politics, Ban Ki-moon tells Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is concerned with saving lives, not with politics, as he tries to ramp up aid efforts following Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar and has severely affected up to 2.5 million people.

Former Nicaraguan foreign minister set to be next General Assembly President

The former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann is likely to become the next President of the General Assembly after the Latin American and Caribbean countries at the United Nations agreed to endorse his candidature, an Assembly spokesperson said today.

General Assembly calls for removal of Armenian forces from Nagorno-Karabakh

The General Assembly today adopted a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in which it called for the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces “from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.”

US mortgage crisis, rising prices spell financial turmoil – Assembly president

The sub-prime mortgage market collapse in the United States, rising oil and commodity prices and other factors could combine to hamper the economies of developing countries, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today.

General Assembly President cites ‘compelling’ need for change within UN

While the United Nations has a leading role in advancing global issues such as development and poverty eradication, the world body must be strengthened to respond more effectively to today’s challenges, the President of the General Assembly said today.