Miroslav Lajčák

Under the watchful eyes of the UN peacekeeping mission known as MINUSCA, voting takes place in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on a constitutional referendum meant to help stabilize the country.

‘Instead of responding to crises, we need to invest far more in prevention,’ says UN chief

The imbalance between spending on conflict, and spending on peace, must be tackled head-on, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday, urging the United Nations to rally all international actors “for our efforts across the peace continuum – from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable long-term development.”

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Time to repair “a world in pieces” and create peace: UN chief

“We are a world in pieces” that needs instead to become a “world at peace.”

The words of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, at the opening of the UN General Debate, when every country gets to address the 193-member General Assembly in New York.

President of the United States Donald Trump said Member States needed to confront what he called “wicked” rogue regimes, adding that it might be necessary for the US to “totally destroy” North Korea if it failed to stop its nuclear weapons programme.

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“Concrete solutions” needed and “results for the people” says Lajčák

The incoming UN General Assembly President hopes to deliver “concrete solutions” and “results for the people” during his year overseeing the work of the 193-member body.

Miroslav Lajčák, a career diplomat from the Eastern European country of Slovakia, told UN News just ahead of taking charge of the gavel for the 72nd session on Tuesday, that conflict and migration would be his key priorities.