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UN Hails Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries

New York (ABC Live);Technology Bank : United Nations officials today hailed the establishment of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which will go a long way in addressing one of the major challenges facing the world’s poorest nations. The Bank, to be headquartered in Gebze, Turkey, also marks the achievement of the first target of the 2030 Agenda for …

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Russia Supports Donald Trump National Sovereignty Policy

New York (ABC Live): Donald Trump National Sovereignty Policy: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov endorsed at the United Nations General Assembly today United States President Donald Trump’s affirmation of the primacy of national sovereignty in international affairs. “The world keeps changing,” he told the 72nd annual general debate, citing last December’s Assembly resolution on the ‘promotion of a democratic …

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South Korea Argues More Active UN Role in DPRK Crisis

New York (ABC Live): DPRK Crisis : The United Nations must play a more active role in resolving the crisis posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear and missile programmes, both by promoting dialogue and through sanctions, Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in told world leaders today. “The most important role the United Nations is asked …

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UNSC Approves Probe into ISIL War Crimes in Iraq

New York (ABC Live): ISIL War Crimes : The United Nations Security Council today authorised the establishment of an investigation team to support Iraq’s domestic efforts to hold the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable for acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the country. According to the unanimously adopted …

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UNESCO Confirms 617 Million Children Not Learning

New York (ABC Live):UNESCO : About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows. “The figures are staggering both in terms of the waste of human potential …

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Hassan Rouhani Vows Not to Violate Nuclear Agreement

New York (ABC Live):Hassan Rouhani :  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking at the same United Nations podium from which the United States yesterday denounced the accord curbing Iran’s nuclear programme as one of the ‘worst deals ever,’ today pledged his country’s continued adherence to the pact. “I declare before you that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be the …

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Mahmoud Abbas Asks UNGA to End Israeli Occupation

New York (ABC Live): Mahmoud Abbas : From the podium of the United Nations General Assembly Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today called on the world Organization to face up to its responsibilities to end Israel’s “relentless” occupation ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. “The United Nations bears a legal, political, moral and humanitarian obligation to end this occupation …

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United Kingdom Bats for UN Reform Agenda in UNGA

New York (ABC Live):UN Reform Agenda :The world is currently facing a raft of challenges “that test who we are,” the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom told the General Assembly, noting that while many, such terrorism – which struck her country five times this year – did not recognize international borders, they could be addressed by a strong, agile …

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Myanmar Puts Its Version on Rohingya Displacement in UNGA

New York (ABC Live): Rohingya  : Informing world leaders that the violence, suffering and mass displacement in Myanmar’s Rakhine province affects not just Rohingya  Muslim and Rakhine communities, but also other minority groups – to which most of the world has been oblivious – the country’s Vice-President stressed his Government’s deep concern over the situation. “There is no denying that …

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Shinzo Abe Asks UNGA to Act Now Against North Korea

New York (ABC Live): Shinzo Abe :Saying that “all options are on the table,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today took the podium of the United Nations General Assembly to call on world leaders to provide the necessary action now to curb the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear and missile programmes. “We consistently support the stance of the …

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