General Assembly

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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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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FEATURE: See what happened when the world came together at the UN

Every year in September, world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York for the General Assembly’s annual high-level session. The diplomatic confab draws veteran politicians as well as new faces from all corners of the globe in what is always an interesting and intense week for all involved. Also in attendance are representatives from civil society, academia, the private sector, the media, and the arts and entertainment worlds.

Living in peace “easier said than done”: Sudan, South Sudan envoy

Citizens in Sudan and South Sudan have to embrace a larger understanding of their common citizenship and common future.

That’s the assessment of the UN Special Envoy for the two countries, Nicholas Haysom, who was in New York for the UN General Assembly.

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More action needed to combat climate change: environment chief

Recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, monsoon flooding in Asia and other weather-related disasters around the globe are an indication that the world needs to do more to address the impact of climate change.

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Make the Caribbean an “engine for change” on childhood obesity

The Caribbean can become “an engine for change” in reducing childhood obesity.

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In UN address, Venezuela decries effects of capitalism as enemy of Mother Nature

Echoing the sentiments of other speakers from the Latin American and Caribbean, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela told the United Nations today that countries in the region are suffering extreme weather and climate catastrophes due to rampant consumption and consumerism in which they played no part.

Peru, at UN, calls for more inclusive globalization based on multilateralism and dialogue

Underscoring Peru’s endurance in its combat against terrorism, corruption, as well as its vulnerability to the effects of climate change, the country’s Permanent Representative to the united Nations, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, said today that the Organization is fundamental for a “peaceful and sustainable” future in Peru, the region and beyond.

At UN Assembly, Turkmenistan stresses importance for greater global cooperation

Speaking at the 72nd annual debate at the United Nations General Assembly, Turkmenistan highlighted its efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and called for greater cooperation to address the challenges before the globe.