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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Greek island shelter crisis, only 8 per cent of UNGA speakers women, Russian alcohol laws extending lives, Older Persons Day

Tuesday’s top stories: Greece urged to fast-track asylum-seekers as 1,000 die on the Mediterranean; just 16 women addressed UN General Assembly; less alcohol means longer lives in Russia; cholera campaign in Sudan; standing up for older people on international day.

The uneducated are ‘denied almost everything’, says new General Assembly President

Back in June, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected by acclamation to preside over the 74th session of the General Assembly, which begins on Tuesday.

In his first major interview with UN News, Mr. Muhammad-Bande told Cristina Silveiro that poverty eradication, inclusion and quality education would be his top priorities in office.

Calling education “a complex matter”, he spelled out that “whoever is denied an education is denied almost everything”.

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‘Champion for multilateralism’ readies to hand over UN General Assembly gavel

Through consultation, collaboration and consensus, the UN chief on Monday described outgoing President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, as “a champion for multilateralism” who had succeeded in making the United Nations “relevant to all”.

More women should wield UN General Assembly gavel, says Espinosa

We “need more women in power positions”, the outgoing President of the 73rd General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa has told UN News, saying that gender parity and women's rights are not only about justice, but “about common sense”. 

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Refugees’ plight ‘will not stop’ unless root causes of flight are addressed: GA President

Following the General Assembly’s affirmation of the Global Compact for Refugees on Friday, and the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration last week, Ms. Espinosa explained how the compacts are “mutually reinforcing” for the people they serve.  Speaking to UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, she said the freshly-adopted compacts provide a platform for “burden-sharing” between countries hosting and delivering services to refugees and migrants.

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Entrepreneurship and innovation “strong engines” for growth

Hundreds of entrepreneurs from around the world are gathering in Bahrain to take part in a UN-led forum on innovation and growth.

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With annual general debate over, time has come for action, UN Assembly President says

The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its 72nd annual general debate today, with its President underscoring prevention of conflicts before they break out, support for UN peacekeeping, sustainable development, and respect for human rights and gender equality among the major priorities raised by the 196 Heads of State, Government and delegations.