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Suriname stresses south-south cooperation in speech to General Assembly

Listen / Winston G. Lackin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Suriname

Developing countries are being urged to increase trade among themselves as well as with their traditional trade partners in the developed world. That message comes from the Foreign Minister of Suriname, Winston Guno Lackin, who addressed the UN General Assembly on Monday. He said that with foreign aid declining and the Doha Round of trade [...]

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Myanmar firmly committed to democratic transition

Listen / Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar

There will be "no turning back" for Myanmar as it continues on the path to democracy, Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin told the UN General Assembly   on Monday. The Foreign Minister reported on the wide-ranging political and economic reforms his government has been undertaking over the past two-and-a-half years, including releasing thousands of political [...]

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Post-2015 development agenda must address specific needs of member states: Barbados

Listen / Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados

Barbados attaches great importance to sustainable development in all its dimensions. Foreign Minister Maxine McClean told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly  that Barbados believes that the theme for this year's session, "The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage," is both timely and important. She said such an agenda must recognise the importance [...]

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UN experts on enforced disappearances conclude mission to Spain

Listen / Jasminka Dzumhur

There are still many people who have disappeared in Spain but their relatives don't know what happened to them. That's what two members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances discovered during a visit to the country. During the mission, from 23 to 30 September, the experts examined the measures Spain has [...]

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St. Lucia calls for a Post-2015 Agenda that addresses issues of concern to SIDS

Listen / Alva Romanus BAPTISTE, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation of Saint Lucia

Less than two years before the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), small states find themselves facing new, mutating and increasingly menacing development challenges, St. Lucia's Foreign Minister Alva Baptiste told the UN General Assembly on Monday. He pointed to youth unemployment, high debt levels, climate change and the increasing ferocity of [...]

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Chemical weapons team to finalize Syria report next month

Listen / Newly arrived Syrian refugees sleep out in the open ini Qushtapa Park.  UNHCR/S. Baldwin

The UN team investigating chemical weapons use in Syria has concluded a six-day mission to the country and will finalize its overall report by the end of October, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Monday. This mission follows on from the experts' first visit to Syria last month where they found [...]

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UNHCR: international community must share burden of Syrian refugees

Listen / Syrians streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq.  UNHCR/G. Gubaeva

Over two million Syrian refugees are now living outside their country and more than four million are displaced inside Syria, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Syria's neighbours- including Egypt- have been trying to cope with the influx, but they are now stretched to the limit. At its annual governing Executive Committee on Monday, [...]

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Guatemala's claim to Belize's territory poses an existential threat: Foreign Minister Erlington

Listen / Wilfred ELRINGTON, Attorney General, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize

Topping the list of domestic priorities for the Government of Belize is a resolution of Guatemala's claim to Belizean territory, Foreign Minister Wilfered Elrington told the General Assembly on Monday. He said this claim poses an existential threat to the nation and requires urgent resolution if the peoples of the  two countries and the region [...]

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UN meeting focuses on concerns of landlocked countries

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Strengthening partnerships and taking advantage of south-south cooperation and investment are some of the "crucial ingredients to success" for landlocked developing countries. That statement comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who on Monday addressed a meeting of these 31 countries (LLDCs) which face serious constraints in reaching global markets. "Policies should be results-oriented and broad-based [...]

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UNDP chief highlights importance of development support to Syria and region

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The Syrian crisis will have a "deep and long-lasting impact" on the development prospects of the country and its neighbours, according to Helen Clark, head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). In an address to a high-level meeting of the UN refugee agency in Geneva on Monday, Clark said the conflict has seriously affected trade, [...]

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MDGs central to Iceland's development policy: Foreign Minister Sveinsson

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are central to Iceland's development policy and the government is firmly committed to shouldering its responsibility in a globalized world, Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson told the UN General Assembly on Monday. He said that as new goals are defined, the focus should remain on eliminating poverty, achieving equality, improving [...]

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Zoleka Mandela campaigns for road safety in South Africa

Listen / Zoleka Mandela

My World is a United Nations worldwide survey launched in March this year to allow citizens from all over the world to vote on issues they believe are priorities that leaders should address. Zoleka Mandela, a granddaughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, is one of the more than 1.1 million people from 194 [...]

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There is no civil war in terror, but a war against terror: Syrian Foreign Minister Al-Moualem

Listen / Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

The cessation of aggressive policies against Syria is the first step on the road towards the solution in the country, according to Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Al-Moualem. He told the UN General Assembly on Monday that any political solution in light of the continued support of terrorism, whether through [...]

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Groundbreaking ministerial declaration on LGBT rights

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Ministers from 11 countries meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly have adopted a Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Declaration says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) must enjoy the same human rights as everyone else. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: [...]

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UNHCR: Assistance to refugees and displaced people stretched to the limit

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More people have been forced to flee from their homes this year than at any other time in nearly two decades, stretching the available financial and material resources to the limit, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says this year alone over 1.5 million Syrian refugees have left their country while hundreds [...]

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