General Assembly

General Assembly President urges more cooperation on major global issues

The General Assembly President today used his end-of-year message to urge greater consensus among United Nations Member States on issues ranging from UN reform and revitalization to sustainable development and global prosperity.

Ban welcomes approval of UN budget for next two years

The General Assembly approved today a budget of $5.15 billion for the period of 2012-2013, a move that was welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a collective achievement and a commitment to “do more and better with less.”

Ban and Assembly chief brief UN on G-20 meeting and visit to Libya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today briefed the General Assembly on the outcome of last week’s meeting of the Group of 20 (G-20) major economies, saying his key message was the need to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people are not neglected, as he stressed the importance of investing in poverty reduction.

Time to turn talk into action, Assembly chief says as general debate ends

As the annual debate of world leaders came to a close this evening, the President of the General Assembly said it is time to focus on tackling the range of issues raised over the past week, from climate change and sustainable development to United Nations reform and the application for Palestinian statehood.

Developing countries can lead world in tackling global challenges, Guyana tells UN

Developing countries, with United Nations help, can lead the world in forging the changes needed to tackle the four major challenges facing the globe – on food, energy, resources and climate – with an integrated approach to all four, Guyana has told the General Assembly.

Cyprus committed to reunification, President tells General Assembly

The President of Cyprus told the General Assembly today that his administration remains committed to a mutually-agreed reunification of the Mediterranean island and ending what he described as the “occupation and illegal colonization of settlers by Turkey” in parts of Cyprus.

At UN, Tanzanian President urges greater support to fight maritime piracy

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete today urged the international community to boost support for East African countries to combat maritime piracy, telling the General Assembly that the problem, which has been centred in Somalia, has extended further south in the Indian Ocean.

European leaders stress vital role of UN in tackling global challenges

From addressing climate change and helping the poor to defending human rights and preventing conflicts, the United Nations plays a vital role in responding to today’s global challenges, several European leaders stressed.

Ban covers Central Asia, climate change and Lebanon in talks with world leaders

As the General Assembly continued its annual high-level debate today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met separately with several leaders to discuss issues ranging from regional cooperation in Central Asia and the situation in Lebanon to climate change and nuclear safety.

Assembly chief opens annual UN debate with pledge to partner for peace

Welcoming world leaders to the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly today opened the annual high-level debate with a pledge to build a global partnership to ensure peace, prosperity and dignity for all.