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Guyana decries widening income gap between rich, poor nations in UN Assembly speech

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Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, President of the Republic of Guyana. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas 26 September 2013 – As the United Nations prepares to set a long-term development agenda for the decades following the end of the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle, it must address the “skewed” income gap favouring rich countries, Guyana warned today. “If […]

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Time, support needed to see fruition of Arab revolutions, President of Tunisia tells UN

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Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 26 September 2013 – The President of Tunisia, whose country was the first to experience the so-called “Arab Spring,” told the United Nations General Assembly today that despite setbacks and violence in some nations that had experienced such revolutions, the building of stable […]

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Mongolian leader says 2015 must be seen as beginning, not end of effort to achieve development for all

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Elbegdorj Tsakhia, President of Mongolia. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 26 September 2013 – Labelling his country “an old nation with a young heart,” the President of Mongolia told the United Nations General Assembly today that while his nation was able to achieve many of the Millennium Development Goals MDGs, reaching the unmet targets required national stakeholders, […]

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Belgium calls for ‘veto’ on tyrants at UN General Assembly debate

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Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium. UN Photo/Sarah Fretwell 26 September 2013 – Citing his own country’s experience as the first place in the world where chemical weapons were used in a conflict nearly 100 years ago, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo decried the recent use of such weapons in […]

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PM focuses on economy at Canadian American Business Council event

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September 26, 2013 New York, New York Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in a moderated discussion hosted by the Canadian American Business Council in New York City, where he discussed the current global economic climate, highlighted Canada’s strong economic performance, and underscored the importance of Canada-U.S. relations. “Canada and the U.S. are making important […]

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Meeting with President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

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Vladimir Putin met with President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson on the sidelines of the International Arctic Forum. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr President, please allow me to once again welcome you to Russia. Thank you very much for always participating in events that address Arctic issues. You have just told me you plan […]

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Russian-Finnish talks

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Vladimir Putin held talks with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö following the opening ceremony for the Nyagan GRES power plant. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr President, Please allow me to once again warmly welcome you to Russia, to this location, which is exotic, if you will, but nevertheless quite significant. When I say ‘significant,’ […]

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At UN, Syrian opposition group told it has key role to play in making peace, averting chaos

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Syrians stream from their war-torn country into Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva 26 September 2013 – At United Nations Headquarters today, members of the Syrian National Coalition, a major opposition group, were told that they had critical roles and responsibilities in negotiating peace and fostering democracy, and helping to preserve the unity of their […]

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Myanmar must continue making gains in democratic transition – UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) addresses a ministerial meeting of his Group of Friends on Myanmar. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 September 2013 – Commending Myanmar for its remarkable progress, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that the South-east Asian country must continue its democratic transition and overcome the inter-communal violence that is threatening it. “Myanmar continues a […]

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Moldovan leader highlights use of technology in transparency, good governance

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Iurie Leanca, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova. UN Photo/Sarah Fretwell 26 September 2013 – With discussions underway at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on a new sustainable development agenda, Molodova’s Prime Minister today touted the importance of technological advances to enable direct public access to Government services. “Our aim is to […]

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