Hungary, Czech Republic urge UN to play ongoing role with Kosovo

The United Nations needs to play a continuing role in Kosovo – which declared its independence from Serbia in February – to ensure that there is stability across the Balkans, top officials from two European countries told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.

Black Sea region needs greater UN presence, countries tell General Assembly

Senior officials from Romania and Bulgaria have called on the United Nations to play an enhanced role in promoting democracy and regional peace and stability across the Black Sea area, saying the recent conflict in Georgia signalled some of the challenges the region faces.

At UN, Malta calls for assistance in dealing with large-scale migration

Malta has called on United Nations Member States to work together to devise solutions to deal with the problems caused by an “unprecedented increase” recently in irregular immigration to the Mediterranean island country.

Food and fuel crises require results, not just promises, Malaysia tells UN debate

The global food and fuel crisis will be not resolved unless countries start turning their statements and promises of assistance and reform on the issue into reality, Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim told the General Assembly tonight, calling for a multi-track approach to tackling the problems.

As newest UN member, Montenegro voices hope in multilateralism

As the newest United Nations Member State, Montenegro is imbued with a strong sense of political responsibility and committed to multilateralism, the South-East European nation’s leader told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.

Nepal’s inclusive Government is one of its strongest assets, UN gathering hears

All segments of the population are banding together to usher in a new era in Nepal, the world’s newest republic, displaying a type of inclusiveness that could serve as a model for the rest of the world, the Asian nation’s leader said at the United Nations today.

Haitian President calls for UN reform and new paradigm for helping world’s poor

The President of Haiti today told leaders gathered at the United Nations to “break the paradigm of charity in our approach to international cooperation” and invest instead in helping poor countries develop their own potential through such steps as a genuine liberalization of trade.

At UN, Caribbean nations call for rethinking of global financial structure

The international financial architecture must be revised to advance the development of poorer nations, Caribbean leaders told the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly today.

Bangladesh outlines details of global food bank proposal during UN debate

A global food bank that allows needy countries to borrow grains on preferential terms would help alleviate the devastating impact of the food crisis, Bangladesh’s Chief Adviser told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.

Austria exhorts UN to take lead in fight to reduce violence against women

The United Nations must take lead in global efforts to eliminate violence against women by setting clear reduction targets and establishing a network so that countries can exchange their best ideas for the cause, Austria told the General Assembly today.