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Iran urges world leaders to accept and respect its right to enrich uranium

Listen / President Hassan Rouhani of Iran

Iran's nuclear programme pursues "exclusively peaceful purposes", its president Hassan Rouhani told his counterparts during the General Assembly debate late Tuesday afternoon. Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in his country's security and defence doctrine, and contradict with their fundamental and religious convictions, President Rouhani insisted. He said Iran was [...]

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Liberia laying the foundation for middle-income status by 2030

Listen / President  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  of Liberia

The Liberian government has instituted a host of reforms intended to improve governance, enhance accountability, and create an enabling environment for the exercise of basic freedoms, including freedom of speech and of the press. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that these actions have put the country on a path [...]

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Dismantling Syria's chemical weapons arsenal could be litmus test for region, says Turkey

Listen / Turkey's President Abdulla Gul

The agreement to eliminate Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons should be seen as an "opportunity." That's what Turkey's President Abdullah Gül told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. United States and Russia reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons and place them under international control following last month's sarin [...]

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170,000 displaced by armed violence in north-west CAR: OCHA

Listen / Kaga-Bandoro, CAR (Credit: OCHA/C. Illemassene)

  More than 170,000 people, half of them children, have fled from their homes over the past two weeks in Ouham province in northwest Central African Republic following clashes between former Séléka rebels, self-defence groups and unidentified armed groups. The clashes began on 7 September in Bossangoa town and have since spread throughout the province. [...]

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Ban invites world leaders to climate summit next September

Listen / Warsaw Climate Change Conference - November 2013

World leaders have been invited to a climate summit next September to forge a new path toward a low carbon economy. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his address to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. He said the Climate Summit in 2014 will be held in New York and [...]

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"Too much talk, too little action" regarding Security Council reform: Zuma

Listen / South African President Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma challenged world leaders on Tuesday to reform the Security Council ahead of the United Nations' 70th birthday. In remarks to a plenary session of the General Assembly, President Zuma referred to the Council as "undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states." The Security Council has the primary [...]

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The world must stand together to win the war against terror: Nigeria

Listen / Goodluck Jonathan

"Nigeria will spare no effort in addressing the global threat of terrorism." That's what Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said in his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday. President Jonathan acknowledged that the threat of terrorism in a few states in the northeastern part of the country has proven to be a challenge to national [...]

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Obama to world leaders on Syria: "Enforce the ban on chemical weapons."

Listen / Barack Obama

Evidence that the Assad regime in Syria used chemical weapons on 21 August is "overwhelming," US President Barack Obama told world leaders attending the General Assembly Debate on Tuesday. He recalled the recently released UN weapons inspectors' account citing there was "clear and convincing evidence" these weapons were used in a large-scale attack. President Obama [...]

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General Assembly begins annual debate in New York

Listen / 68th session of the Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly began its annual session in New York on Tuesday. Over 30 world leaders are set to speak on various major global issues during the first day of the 68th session of the Assembly on issues of global concern, including the global economic situation, climate change, progress on the Millennium Development [...]

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UN envoy calls for more international support for Somalia

Listen / Nicholas Kay

The UN representative in Somalia is calling for increased financial and military support to the country and for African Union troops serving there. Nicholas Kay says the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) desperately needs helicopters and other equipment as it works to wrest parts of the country from the militant group Al-Shabaab, responsible for last [...]

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UN awaits investigation into killings of Iranian exiles in Iraqi camp

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Three weeks after an attack on Camp Ashraf in northern Baghdad, the UN human rights office is reiterating its call to the Government of Iraq to launch a full investigation to establish the facts. According to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, an attack on the camp on 1 September left 52 residents dead. The [...]

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Human rights office concerned about Israel's continued demolition of communities in the occupied West Bank

Listen / Rupert Colville

Within the space of one month, both residential structures and those related to livelihood – in three Bedouin and herder communities have been entirely, or almost entirely, demolished by Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The office disclosed that most recently, on 16 [...]

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Ban: "Time to end the killing in Syria and reach peace."

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

The crisis in Syria is the biggest security and peace challenge in the world now, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the official opening of the General Assembly Debate in New York. Over 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict and well over seven million have fled their homes. Furthermore, a chemical attack on [...]

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Effective multilateralism takes dogged commitment to work cooperatively: PGA

Listen / John Ashe

This annual gathering of world leaders and dignitaries should not just be seen as another September routine or tradition, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told the Assembly's opening session on Tuesday. Rather, he said, it serves and should serve another larger and better purpose: that of recommitting [...]

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World leaders call for greater coordination among different sectors to combat malaria

Listen / Insecticide-treated bed nets are crucial in the fight against malaria. Photo: IRIN/Wendy Stone

World leaders gathered Tuesday on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly to launch an inclusive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which – despite tremendous advances – still kills an estimated 660,000 each year and poses a major challenge to development. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations Development [...]

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UN Envoy voices optimism for Somalia despite the Al-Shabab threat

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The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay is calling for more financial and military support for the African Union mission in its quest to end years of insecurity in Somalia. Speaking in Geneva Mr Kay said security remains the biggest challenge facing Somalia adding that controlling and defeating the Al-shabab militant group was key [...]

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More than 30 world leaders set to address UN on first day of General Assembly's annual debate

Listen / Police cars and barricade in the front the United Nations Secretariat building

More than 30 world leaders are set to address the opening day of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. As is tradition, Brazil will be the first speaker followed by the United States of America. Heads of State and government are expected to express their views on the [...]

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