Addressing Assembly, Annan warns UN at crossroads over issue of unilateral action

The unilateralism of recent events has called into question the decades-old tradition of global consensus on collective security and brought the international community to a fork in the road, portending a moment “no less decisive than 1945 itself, when the United Nations was founded,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Terrorism, multilateralism and UN reform highlight UN Assembly's debate

The continued fight against terrorism, multilateralism, dealing with the worldwide ills of poverty and hunger and the debate over reform of the United Nations were among the themes highlighted by world leaders as the General Assembly's annual high-level debate concluded its morning session.

Wrapping up first day of debate, UN Assembly hears call for concerted action

Wrapping up the first day of its annual high-level debate, the United Nations General Assembly heard one world leader after another call for concerted action to fight the troubles that plague the international community.

General Assembly caps 2003 work, condemns 'deliberate' attack on UN staff

The United Nations General Assembly today closed its fifty-seventh session by unanimously condemning the 19 August attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad, and urgently called on all nations to help find and prosecute the perpetrators of this "vicious act."

Microcredit and microfinance are important poverty reduction tools - Annan

Microcredit and other financial services for poor people are important instruments for poverty reduction and for empowerment, especially for women, according to a report prepared by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the upcoming General Assembly session.

Former General Assembly Presidents express support for Annan

The former Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly have expressed their full support for the role Secretary-General Kofi Annan is playing in the present climate of international tension, according to a letter released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

General Assembly decides to open 58th annual session on 16 September

The United Nations General Assembly today fixed 16 September as the beginning of its next annual regular session, the world body's fifty-eighth.

Adopting key reform measure, General Assembly ends main part of annual session

Adopting a key resolution essentially endorsing Secretary-General Kofi Annan's proposed agenda for further reform of the United Nations, the General Assembly today wrapped up the main part of its annual session.

General Assembly adopts series of resolutions on international legal matters

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a series of resolutions recommended by its legal committee, including texts on human cloning, terrorism and protection of personnel on United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Addressing UN Assembly, Nigeria's President calls for treaties against small arms, corruption.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly this morning, Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo advocated the adoption of international treaties to fight the proliferation of illicit arms and the problem of corruption.