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INTERVIEW: 'Implementation of the 17 SDGs is the core of my work’ – UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson

On 13 June 2016, the United Nations General Assembly elected Peter Thomson of Fiji to serve as President of its seventy-first session, which runs from September 2016 to September 2017. Mr. Thomson, who had had been serving as the Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations until his appointment, announced that the theme of the 71st session will be ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World.’

Financing SDGs a major concern for Caribbean Community

Ensuring financing so that they can meet the Sustainable Development Goals (

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Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”

Music, like UN promotes international “peace of mind”

Music and the UN both have the ability to promote international “peace of mind” and “emotional health”.

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Global peace “not a mystery”: UN chief

Although peace may be elusive, it’s not a mystery.

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As 71st General Assembly opens, new President pledges to ‘turn the wheels’ on implementing 17 Global Goals

The United Nations General Assembly today opened its 71st session, with an emphasis on ensuring that implementation of the new global development goals, adopted by its 193 Member States last year, is well underway.

Member States have not supported UN sufficiently

The UN has not received the right support from its Member States and the Security Council over the last year to adequately fulfil its role in creating peace across the world.

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Selection of next UN chief “delicate process”

The selection process for the next UN Secretary-General has been a “delicate” and “game-changing process” according to the outgoing President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft.

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Candidates for UN chief face “challenging” town hall

The candidates vying to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations are to face a “challenging environment” at a global televised town hall discussion taking place on Tuesday, according to a senior UN Spokesperson.

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UN Gender Focus: LBTI people and High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

“Huge numbers” of LBTI people “killed and injured around the world”

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