General Assembly

‘Pioneering’ former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially appointed new UN human rights chief

The United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday approved the nomination of former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September.

Sand and dust storms, a 'human well-being' issue, says high level panel

From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. However, with stronger collaboration and improved information-sharing, much of the risk could be managed and mitigated, a UN meeting heard on Monday.

Ecuadorian politician and poet becomes fourth woman to preside over UN General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday elected Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of its upcoming 73rd session; only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first since 2006.

‘Save peace while it lasts,’ says General Assembly President, ahead of UN summit on sustaining peace

The world needs a new approach to peace, which is why the United Nations General Assembly will hold a major meeting next week to discuss ways to foster peace by focusing on conflict prevention, mediation, dialogue and diplomacy, the 193-member body’s President has said.

News in Brief 26 December 2017

UN budget for the biennium 2018-2019

The UN General Assembly on Sunday approved a nearly $5.4 billion budget for the Organization for the biennium 2018-2019.

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UN General Assembly helping to carry climate action forward

During the high-level debate in the UN General Assembly, more than 80 per cent of world leaders mentioned climate change in their speeches: an indication of the “urgency” of this issue.

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News in Brief 01 November 2017 (PM)

United States votes against resolution to end Cuba embargo

The United States voted against a resolution in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to end its economic embargo of Cuba.

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Online media under “significant threat” around the world: UN expert

Online media outlets face “significant threats” from some governments around the world which are trying to quash dissent by accusing journalists of peddling “fake news”.

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Africa Week focus on integration, prosperity and peace

Gender inequality is costing Africa “tens of billions” of dollars each year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told ambassadors in New York on Monday.

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News in Brief 11 October 2017 (AM)

International Day spotlights challenges and opportunities facing girls

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