At UN, Nigeria stresses dangers posed by African ‘weapons of mass destruction’

Africa has been devastated by conflicts perpetuated by small arms and light weapons, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, calling for a global pact to rid the continent of the scourge.

Eritrea tells UN debate that United States causes or lengthens crises worldwide

The “misguided and domineering policies” of the United States are causing and exacerbating crises around the world, Eritrea’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, calling for collective international action to check the power of Washington.

Belarus endorses widespread democratization of UN

The most senior officials in the United Nations Secretariat should come from a much broader spread of countries, Belarus told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, calling for wide-scale democratization of the entire Organization.

Sweden stresses importance of human rights during General Assembly debate

Human rights must be at the heart of all United Nations activities, especially conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities, Sweden’s Permanent Representative told the General Assembly’s annual General Debate tonight.

Chad calls for strengthened UN peacekeeping presence in troubled east

The Foreign Minister of Chad today called for a strengthened United Nations peacekeeping mission in his country and for the reinforcement of the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in the neighbouring war-torn Sudanese region.

Ivorian election process now on track, General Assembly told

Much-delayed presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire are on track to be a success now that the penultimate phase of the lead-up process – the identification and registration of voters – has begun, the country’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

President urges end to ‘business as usual’ as UN Assembly debate wraps up

The President of the General Assembly today proclaimed the need to end “business as usual” in global affairs, issuing a call at the conclusion of the 192-member body’s annual high-level debate for urgent action to address challenges ranging from the twin food and financial crises to United Nations reform.

Mauritania tells UN that economic, social troubles made recent coup necessary

Mauritania’s armed forces intervened last month to overthrow the elected government because it had allowed the social, economic and security conditions to deteriorate so badly that it threatened the country’s foundations, the General Assembly heard today.

More investment needed to boost global energy security, Turkmenistan tells UN

Ensuring global energy security requires stepped-up investment, a top official from Turkmenistan, one of the world’s major oil and natural gas producers, told the final day of the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate.

‘Obsolete’ market system to blame for deforestation, Papua New Guinea tells UN

The current global economic system is to fault for deforestation, Papua New Guinea’s Deputy Prime Minister told the General Assembly’s high-level debate today, stressing the need to protect the South Pacific nation’s rainforests from degredation.