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No military solution to the political crisis in Syria: UN chief

Listen / Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs

There is no military solution to the political crisis in Syria. The only way out of it, the only way to bring peace back to the country and to its people, is through dialogue and political compromises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to a Ministerial Meeting of the Friends of the Syrian people [...]

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New Zealand urges Security Council to adopt resolution on Syria chemical weapons

Listen / John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

The Security Council must adopt a resolution on chemical weapons use in Syria, Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand told world leaders in the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening. He recalled that UN inspectors found rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used in an attack on 21 August in Damascus which killed [...]

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Africa should invest more in improving economic development, good governance: Lesotho

Listen / 68th General Assembly, General Debate

African countries are determined to build a safe, secure and peaceful continent, Lesotho's Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane told the UN General Assembly on Thursday. This year marked five decades of African unity, and he recalled that leaders had resolved to free the continent from conflicts which have soiled its reputation and compromised development. But, [...]

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The cornerstones of a new Somalia have been laid: President Mohamud

Listen / Hassan Sheik Mohamud

Somalia and other countries are still suffering and need the support of friends, allies and all members of the United Nations to come together to find ways to overcome all the challenges that exist in this universe, President Hassan Sheik Mohamud told the UN General Assembly on Thursday. He said the Compact signed in Brussels [...]

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President Mugabe decries sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by 'bigoted big powers'

Listen / Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe used his address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday to condemn economic sanctions against his country. He said sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union violate UN principles on non-interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. Furthermore, he added, Zimbabweans view these measures as a [...]

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G'77 – a strong voice for billions of poor, hungry and vulnerable: SG

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

The Group of 77 can help the United Nations effectively use multilateralism as a force for change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to the opening of the 37th annual meeting of the G'77 Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The Secretary-General said the G77 has pushed poverty eradication up on the global agenda and has shown [...]

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Groundbreaking Declaration on ending violence and discrimination against LGBT

Listen / Navi Pillay (third from left)

A groundbreaking ministerial meeting on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons on Thursday adopted a Ministerial Declaration on ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Minsters of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United [...]

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UN chief welcomes Appeals Chamber judgment in the Charles Taylor case

Listen / Special Court for Sierra Leone

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Thursday's delivery by the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) of the appeal judgment in the case of Mr. Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. A statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said "This is a historic and momentous day for the people [...]

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General Assembly starts its annual session in New York

Listen / Ban Ki-moon na Jacob Zuma

• The UN General Assembly began its annual session in New York on Tuesday. World leaders addressed the General Assembly's 68th session on various issues. They include the global economic situation, climate change, progress on the anti-poverty goals known as MDGs, peace and security, the ongoing crisis in Syria and terrorism. "Being poor is not [...]

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Secretary-General saddened by death and destruction in Pakistan earthquake

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The United Nations stands ready to assist Pakistan following an earthquake this week which killed more than 300 people. In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed condolences to the country's government and people. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck parts of the remote province of Balochistan in south-west Pakistan [...]

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Africa can make it without handouts: Ghana's President Dramani

Listen / John Dramani

Six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are on the African continent. However, this growth has not yet translated into sustainable employment opportunities, the President John Dramani of Ghana told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday. He said while, African economies created over 37 million wage-paying jobs over [...]

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ILO and partners work to improve garment factory conditions in Bangladesh

Listen / The Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. ILO Photo

The ready-made garment sector is a driver of Bangladesh's economy, responsible for nearly $20 million in exports, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In the wake of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in April, which killed more than 1,000 people, the UN agency and its partners have been striving to improve [...]

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World leaders discuss nuclear disarmament

Listen / Nuclear test carried out on 18 April 1953 at the Nevada test site.

World leaders gathered in New York for the annual session of the General Assembly discussed nuclear disarmament on Thursday. The meeting is part of ongoing efforts to have peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons. In the United Nations Millennium Declaration they adopted in 2000, world leaders committed themselves to strive for the [...]

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Post -2015 development agenda should be people-centred: Namibia

Listen / Hifikepunye Pohamba

Namibia believes that the post-2015 Development Agenda should be people-centered and inclusive, with a focus on the provision of health care, education, food security and nutrition, energy, potable water, gender equality and the empowerment of women, the youth and people with disabilities. President Hifikepunye Pohamba told the UN General Assembly that while developing countries have [...]

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Graduation and differentiation – a recipe for reversing the gains made by the Caribbean: Guyana

Listen / Donald Ramotar

"We, in the Caribbean, have experienced major setbacks due to the international economic and financial crises which started in North America and Europe", Guyana's President Donald Ramotar told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday. But he said while it appears that both North America and Europe are emerging from the crises, [...]

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"Being poor is not being stupid" – President of Malawi

Listen / Joyce Banda, President of Malawi

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Malawi could have been achieved if the economy had not been mismanaged, according to the President of Malawi. Joyce Banda, who became the president of Malawi in April, last year, is the country's first female president. She says Malawi "went through a lot of human rights abuses" and when she [...]

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Rwandan student is one in a million

Listen / MY World Volunteers (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

As a university student and radio show host in her native Rwanda, Benigne Mugwaneza Ishimwe is one busy young woman. But the 21-year-old found time to vote in the MY World survey launched by the United Nations to determine global priorities for a better world. In fact, Benigne was the one millionth person to participate [...]

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A world with catastrophic weapons is not safe: PGA

Listen / John Ashe

67 years after the first General Assembly   resolution was adopted on "atomic weapons and all other weapons adaptable to mass destruction", the UN General Assembly was meeting Thursday for the very first time in a High-level meeting on this critical subject. General Assembly President Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda says "Today's historic high-level [...]

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Nuclear disarmament would strengthen international peace and security: Ban

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

The success of nuclear disarmament would strengthen international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a High-level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament  on Thursday. He said it would free up vast and much-needed resources for social and economic development; advance the rule of law; spare the environment and help keep nuclear materials from terrorist and extremist [...]

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Leaders highlight robust economic growth in Africa

Listen / 68th session of the General Assembly

Deploring conflicts in Syria and elsewhere, world leaders highlighted the complementary relationship between peace and development as the General Assembly wrapped up the second day of its annual general debate. President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said security remained the most important prerequisite for development, which would be “a hypothetical” [...]

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