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Singapore: sustainable development a "necessity, not just a slogan"

Listen / K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law of Singapore

Singapore has managed to pursue growth while preserving a good living environment over several decades, according to its Foreign Affairs and Law Minister. Mr. K. Shanmugam told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that given Singapore's land and resource constraints, sustainable development was a "necessity and not just a slogan." Mr. Shanmugam said their [...]

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Save Tuvalu, Save the World: Deputy Prime Minister

Listen / Vete Palakua Sakaio

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu has urged the international community to help save his island nation from the effects of climate change. Vete Palakua Sakaio, who addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday, wondered whether his country will survive the rising waters of the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu celebrates its 35th anniversary of independence on [...]

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Thailand's universal health care model can be adapted to developing countries.

Listen / Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister has offered to share lessons learned from the country's universal health care coverage (UHC) scheme with other developing countries. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul explained how 300,000 households were saved from falling into poverty. Initiated 10 years ago by the former administration, [...]

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Ireland to double nutrition-related aid spending by 2016

Listen / Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

Despite challenges brought on by economic crisis, Ireland has sustained its commitment to helping other countries, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. Gilmore, who is also the country's Foreign Minister, said his government has prioritized hunger and malnutrition in its aid programmes, with plans to double spending on nutrition [...]

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Egypt Foreign Minister: transition to end by "next spring"

Listen / Nabil Fahmy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt

Parliamentary and presidential elections will be held by 2014 as scheduled in Egypt's political road map. Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. The road map set forth by the current administration is a blueprint for a transition to civilian rule. It includes [...]

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Germany wants the UN to reform to reflect the world "as it is"

Listen / Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

A Security Council without permanent seats for Africa and Latin America does not reflect the realities of today's world. Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Germany's Foreign Minister, made these remarks on Saturday as he delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. He also added that a single permanent seat for Asia was not enough either. [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

Listen / Nelson Mandela

ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’33″

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Security Council paves way for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons

Listen / The Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution on safeguarding and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

The unanimous resolution on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, has been described as historic and "the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time." After weeks of negotiations, the 15-member Security Council adopted the resolution which determines that the use of chemical weapons in Syria constitutes a threat to international peace and [...]

28 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Growth and inclusive development important for all countries: India

Listen / Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Setting the stage for the post-2015 Development Agenda is especially important as we deal with a lingering slowdown and continuing volatility in the financial markets. That's what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. He said these have imposed disproportionately heavy costs on developing countries and especially their vulnerable [...]

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UN chief thanks Iraq for its 'generous hospitality' to Syrian refugees

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Hoshyar Zebari, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq. (file  photo 15 December 2010)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday briefed Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on the latest peace efforts for Syria following Friday night's Security Council resolution which endorsed the decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. He thanked Iraq for its generous hospitality to Syrian refugees. A statement [...]

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Nepal attaches great importance to the full attainment of the MDGs

Listen / Khil Raj Regmi, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Nearly one billion people will still be forced to live in extreme poverty by 2015, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Nepal told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. Chairman Khil Rag Regmi said that looking at what he describes as "this unfair and unjust scenario", one can hardly envision global sustainability without [...]

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Malaysia calls for an inclusive political settlement in the Syrian conflict

Listen / Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Malaysia has strongly underlined the need for a Syrian-led inclusive political process. Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that Malaysia is against any unilateral action to resolve the conflict. He stressed that all sides must come together to work out a political settlement. ” We welcome the [...]

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Mauritius calls for a climate change agreement by 2015

Listen / Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms of the Republic of Mauritius

Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius has called on the international community to have a legally binding agreement on climate change by 2015. Speaking in the General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Saturday, he said climate change should be one of the top priorities on the global agenda. Dr. Ramgoolam, warned that [...]

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Jamaica warns of many challenges as MDGs deadline draws near

Listen / Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Development, Information and Sports of Jamaica

Jamaica has urged the international community to accelerate efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline. The eight goals or MDGs as they called range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education – all by the target date of 2015. Prime Minister Portia [...]

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