UN General Assembly

No improvement in human rights situation in DPRK

There has been “no significant improvements over the last 15 years” in the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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“Nelson Mandela Rules” on prisoner treatment presented

New rules to help improve the treatment of prisoners around the world, were formally presented at United Nations headquarters on Wednesday.

The updated standards – also known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules” - outline standard minimum treatment practices for those who are incarcerated.

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Work must begin immediately on new development agenda

The previous two weeks of intense activity at United Nations headquarters were an “historic” convergence of high-level events, said the spokesperson for the President of the UN General Assembly.

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Syria: International community must stop terrorist flow

The “countdown” to ending the conflict in Syria can only begin if UN Security Council resolutions on combatting terrorism are implemented, according to the country’s Deputy

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Gender issues must feature in new climate deal

The important linkages between gender issues and climate change are being emphasized as world leaders prepare to endorse a new, universal climate change agreement at the end of the year.

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Israel accuses world powers of “deafening silence” over Iran threats

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the majority of UN member states on Thursday of doing “absolutely nothing” to counter Iran’s threat to “destroy” Israel.

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Palestinian flag raised at the United Nations headquarters

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at UN headquarters on Wednesday, a symbol of Palestinian determination to live in a fully-independent state.

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Energy and expectations high as UN General Debate gets underway

The most influential leaders from around the globe have come to take the podium at UN’s annual General Debate.

Security is high and expectations of the world’s most powerful political leaders are even higher.

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Keep working for peace and justice says Pope Francis

His Holiness the Pope told United Nations staff to carry on working for peace, in peace,during his visit to the organization's  headquarters in New York on Friday.

Pope Francis is visiting the United States for the first time.

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Listen to the world’s children, David Beckham urges world leaders

International footballing icon, David Beckham, says children’s voices are not being heard enough, on the eve of a summit or world leaders at the UN that will establish new global goals.

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