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Election Period in review: September 21-27, 2013

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Maldives (Sep 28, 2013) The second round of voting for the presidential elections in the Maldives, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013, has been postponed following the ruling of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Following a third place finish in the first round of the election, Qasim IBRAHIM of the Jumhooree Party filed a […]

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Chinese Foreign Minister urges global governance reform with UN at core

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  Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of China. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 27 September 2013 – China will firmly promote global governance reform with the United Nations at its core, the country’s Foreign Minister today told the General Assembly, while also stressing Beijing’s commitment to play an active role in international diplomacy and be a […]

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Russian Foreign Minister urges cooperation, collective action in Middle East

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Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas 27 September 2013 – There is an urgent need to agree upon collective responses to the key issues of today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the United Nations General Assembly. “All the recent history testified that no State – no […]

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Health, climate change top priorities for Caribbean island States addressing UN

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Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas 27 September 2013 – Leaders of Caribbean island States addressing the United Nations General Assembly today outlined progress made at eradicating poverty and urged greater support from the international community to meet the universally accepted goals, particularly those on health and climate change. […]

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African leaders say ‘unfinished business’ of Millennium targets must be completed

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Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania.  UN Photo/Ryan Brown 27 September 2013 – As the United Nations General Assembly continues its annual high-level segment, a host of African leaders stressed today that while the continent’s progress is beyond doubt, consolidating social and economic gains requires international, regional and local approaches that […]

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UN and Middle East partners reaffirm support for resumed Israeli-Palestinian talks

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with the members of the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 27 September 2013 – The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for peace in the Middle East today reaffirmed their determination to provide maximum support to the Israelis and the Palestinians as they resume talks […]

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Marking World Tourism Day, UN highlights role of travel sector in protecting waterways

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Credit: UNWTO 27 September 2013 – The important relationship between recreational travel and the world’s water resources is the focus of this year’s United Nations observance of World Tourism Day, which aims to raise awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value. “World Tourism Day offers a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on […]

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Iraqi Vice-President warns no sustainable development possible while terrorism exists

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Khudheir Mussa Al-khuzaie, Vice-President of the Republic of Iraq. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 27 September 2013 – No agenda to achieve anti-poverty targets is attainable with countries facing the myriad threats associated with terrorism and with the “drums of war still beating” in many regions, the Vice-President of Iraq today told the United Nations General Assembly. […]

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Ratification of treaty banning nuclear tests an international priority – UN chief

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Atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States on 18 April 1953 at the Nevada Test Site. Photo: US Government 27 September 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community speed up the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), stressing it is indispensable to move forward on the disarmament agenda. […]

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Mali warns UN of terrorist, extremist threats to entire sub-Saharan region

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Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 27 September 2013 – Terrorist and rebel groups chased out of Mali earlier this year now pose a serious threat to peace and stability in the whole sub-Saharan region, the new President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, told the United Nations General Assembly […]

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