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"Concrete solutions" needed and "results for the people" says Lajčák

Listen / Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, gives an interview for the UN News and Media Division's news outlets. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The incoming UN General Assembly President hopes to deliver "concrete solutions" and "results for the people" during his year overseeing the work of the 193-member body. Miroslav Lajčák, a career diplomat from the Eastern European country of Slovakia, told UN News just ahead of taking charge of the gavel for the 72nd session on Tuesday, [...]

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Assembly doors "held ever wider" to help tackle global issues: UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres addresses an informal interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect, with Peter Thomson, outgoing President of the General Assembly beside him. UN file Photo/Kim Haughton

The doors of the UN General Assembly have been held "ever wider" to help Member States tackle pressing global issues, said the UN chief on Monday. Secretary-General António Guterres said he had seen "many highlights", during the 71st annual session, including a landmark declaration on migrants, and the repositioning of the UN to meet the [...]

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News in Brief 11 September 2017 (PM)

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Myanmar violence "putting all civilians at risk" Violence in the northern part of Rakhine State in Myanmar which has driven more than 300,000 mainly Muslim Rohingya across the border with Bangladesh, is "putting all civilians at risk" said the UN on Monday. Humanitarian activities in Rakhine have been either suspended or severely interrupted, resulting in [...]

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Building cities of the future a "collaborative effort": former Kigali mayor

Listen / Aisa Kirabo Kacyira speaking at the UN Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador during October of last year. UN Photo

Building the cities of the future is going to involve "collaborative effort," requiring good leadership and realistic expectations. That's the view of Deputy Executive Director of the UN urban agency UN-Habitat, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, who was the mayor of Rwanda's capital, Kigali, for five years, up to 2011. She is a senior member of the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells. In today's programme: the exodus of Rohingyas from northern Mynamar appear to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" says the UN Human Rights chief. We've a full report from Geneva; and building the cities of the future is [...]

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News in Brief 11 September (AM)

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UN chief saddened by loss of life due to Mexico earthquake The UN chief António Guterres has offered his condolences to the government and people of Mexico following a deadly earthquake that struck the provinces of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco, during the night of 7 September. Latest news reports and government figures suggest that more [...]

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Myanmar violence may be "textbook” ethnic cleansing: Zeid

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States which commit "the most egregious violations" should be excluded from the Human Rights Council, while violence in Myanmar may be "textbook…ethnic cleansing", the UN's top rights official said on Monday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made the comments at the start of a new session of the Council, whose 47 country delegations meet in Geneva [...]

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