Cameroon optimistic after UN-backed transfer of peninsula from Nigeria

The United Nations-backed transfer of authority of a once-disputed peninsula from Nigeria to Cameroon, successfully completed last month, has the potential to transform relations between the African neighbours, Cameroonian President Paul Biya said today.

Battle against terror is multidimensional, Pakistani leader tells UN

Tackling terror demands a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond military means, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan said at the General Assembly’s high-level segment today, calling on the support of the international body to address the scourge.

At UN, Republic of Korea urges neighbour to resume nuclear decommissioning

The Republic of Korea (ROK) today appealed to its northern neighbour to resume decommissioning its nuclear weapons programme a day after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said it would restart nuclear activities and ended the United Nations atomic watchdog agency’s access to its facilities.

African leaders speak out at UN against devastating impact of fuel, food crises

The soaring cost of fuel and basic foods over the past year has left many countries in sub-Saharan Africa unable to adequately fund critical activities, such as health care and the provision of safe drinking water, their leaders told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.

Strengthened political will needed to address global inequities, UN told

Political will must be reinvigorated to address the “endemic crisis of development,” the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 developing countries and China known as the G-77, said in New York today.

Japan utilizes unique form of diplomacy to foster world peace, leader tells UN

Japan contributes to promote peace and stability throughout the world through its own form of diplomacy, its new leader said in an address to the General Assembly’s high-level debate today.

UN is ‘a beacon of hope’ for millions worldwide, Saint Kitts and Nevis says

The United Nations is the only hope for millions of people around the world, the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis told the General Assembly today, saying he was confident that the world body can successfully defend the rights of the poor against the often narrow national interests of UN Member States.

Failure to reduce maternal mortality rates shames us all, Norway tells UN

The world’s failure to make substantial inroads in reducing the number of women who die in pregnancy or childbirth is a damning illustration of the wider treatment of women, Norway’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly tonight.

Respect for different cultural and religious values vital, countries say at UN

Encouraging dialogue and mutual respect between peoples of different faiths, beliefs and values is essential in modern societies where citizens come from diverse backgrounds, the representatives of three countries told the General Assembly’s high-level debate today.

Australia, at UN, calls for reform of financial systems after market meltdown

The international financial system needs to be substantially reformed to ensure that the current crisis in the global markets is not repeated, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate tonight.