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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.