Ukraine ready to host conference on chemical weapons pact, official tells UN

Ukraine is prepared to host an international conference aimed at generating support for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as part of ongoing efforts to stem the spread of weapons of mass destruction, the country’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

Barbados calls for re-opening of UN regional anti-drugs office

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) should reverse its decision to close its bureau in Barbados, the country’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, saying the Caribbean region needs more resources in its fight against the illegal drug trade.

At UN, Tajikistan calls for fight against terrorism to focus on root causes

The international community should step up its efforts aimed at tackling the root causes of terrorism, from combating extremist ideology to eliminating poverty, Tajikistan’s Permanent Representative told the General Assembly today in New York.

Armenia and Azerbaijan offer views on Nagorno-Karabakh during UN debate

As the United Nations General Assembly continued its high-level debate today, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan expressed their views on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

UN well-placed to address issue of international migration, Mexico says

The United Nations is well-placed to address international migration, the Ambassador of Mexico said today, calling for the issue to be viewed from a comprehensive perspective and not simply as a security concern.

Developing countries need help to fight climate change, officials tell UN

Senior officials from a number of developing countries today called for greater international cooperation to help the world’s poor and vulnerable States respond to climate change – the central focus of this year’s annual high-level debate of the General Assembly.

Intense activity over recent weeks lays foundation for work ahead – Ban Ki-moon

As the United Nations wraps up a period of “active and intense” activity at its New York Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees broad agreement on a number of priority issues as providing a solid basis for important work ahead.

Economic and social progress must be priorities in Sierra Leone, official tells UN

The recent successful staging of elections in Sierra Leone will be worth little to its people unless the country can quickly post economic and social gains as well, the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations told the General Assembly today.

UN Assembly wraps up annual high-level debate with calls for action – President

The United Nations General Assembly today wrapped up its wide-ranging high-level debate characterized by calls for action to address climate change and other pressing international concerns, the 192-member body’s president said.

Political negotiations the only way to resolve Darfur crisis, Sudan tells UN

The only way to end the Darfur conflict is through political negotiations, Sudan’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, pledging his Government’s full support of peace talks later this month and calling on all of Darfur’s many rebel groups to end hostilities and participate.