UN General Assembly

“Mindless policy” won’t prevent terrorism says UN chief

“Mindless policy” by governments to counter the growing scourge of terrorism around the world will only make things worse.

That’s according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, unveiling his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism on Friday.

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Global response needed to tackle root causes of terrorism

The growing threat of terrorism around the world requires unified action to tackle its root causes.

That’s according to the senior official coordinating counter-terrorism policy at the UN, speaking exclusively to UN Radio.

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“Thrashing out the major challenges of our time”: the GA chamber

The General Assembly hall was the centre of the body’s 70th birthday celebrations on Monday, and it’s the place where leaders come to “thrash out” the major challenges of the day.

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General Assembly "at heart" of United Nations

The General Assembly is “at the heart” of the United Nations, according to the head of the UN Department which supports dialogue and cooperation among the 193 countries that make up the global organization.

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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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