In a world of new challenges, ‘we need to build on what unites us’, Assembly President tells UN Member States — Global Issues

“This year, we heard from 190 speakers, including 76 Heads of State, 50 Heads of Government, four Vice-Presidents, five Deputy Prime Ministers, 48 ​​Ministers and seven Heads of Delegations,” said General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi as he summed up the first in-person General Debate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While only 23 speakers … Read more

Today’s crises highlight need for more multilateralism, stronger UN, says Canada’s Foreign Minister — Global Issues

“These crises and the way we choose to respond to them are testing our shared commitment to the United Nations. That’s why our decisions matter now more than ever,” Canada’s Foreign Minister, Mélanie Joly, told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate on Monday. ‘More multilateralism, not less’ “We have a choice – either we respect … Read more

‘The war on Syria has failed,’ Foreign Minister says in UN speech, denouncing the West’s hegemonic ambitions — Global Issues

In his address to the last day of the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Mr. Mekdad stated that hegemonic countries had implemented “straightjacketed agendas”, invested in terrorism and “put economies in a stranglehold”, with no regard for international law. “Often, they use the excuse of spreading democracy and human rights but meanwhile states have … Read more

DPRK lashes out against international system governed by ‘exclusive Western values’ — Global Issues

“The present reality urgently calls for the UN to promote more than ever before cooperation and reconciliation, and unity and solidarity among its Member States, and to discharge its righteous missions and role,” Ambassador Kim Song said. Security Council reform He said the UN Security Council is not “fully discharging” its mandate to safeguard international … Read more

Egypt’s Foreign Minister calls for improved climate commitments at COP27 — Global Issues

In his speech to the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly, Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim said that the world is at a delicate historical moment of increased polarization, at which serious action, and a commitment to multilateralism, are needed. The fault lies, he said, not in the UN system, but in the failure of … Read more

Haiti needs ‘robust support’ to quell gang violence and ease political tensions, Foreign Minister tells UN — Global Issues

“[We are] facing a multifaceted socio-political and economic crisis that is being exacerbated by insecurity,” said Mr. Geneus, telling the session of the General Assembly’s annual afternoon high-level debate that he was delivering a statement on behalf of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who decided to remain in the county due to the increasingly worrying … Read more

High-level independent panel on security and development in crisis-torn Sahel region launched at UN — Global Issues

The independent panel was formally announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate during a High-Level Event on the Sahel, held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the … Read more

Mali reports progress in political transition process, fighting terrorism — Global Issues

The process to restore civilian rule in the wake of the August 2020 military coup in the West African country will conclude in March 2024, when power will be transferred to elected authorities. “I’m pleased to underline that some significant progress has already been made,” he said, referring to the passing of the electoral law, … Read more

Say ‘yes to a world united among peoples,’ urges Holy See — Global Issues

Quoting Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, he said, “it is necessary to pass from the strategies of political, economic and military power to a plan for global peace: No to a world divided among conflicting powers; Yes, to a world united among peoples and civilizations that respect each other’,” he said, ‘Fragmented … Read more

Russia had ‘no choice’ but to launch ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine, Lavrov tells UN — Global Issues

The operation launched on 24 February had been carried out to protect Russians living in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and eliminate threats to Russian security, said Mr. Lavrov, that the EU and United States-led NATO military alliance had consistently created in the territory, since what he described as the “bloody coup” by the current … Read more