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29 Dec 2016 description
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GA/11883

Secretary-General, Other World Leaders Sound Alarm over Deepening Rifts among Peoples, Urging Greater Solidarity, Partnership

Beginning its work against the backdrop of an expanding global refugee crisis, deepening political divisions and a spate of terror attacks across the globe, the General Assembly’s seventy-first session convened a record number of topical meetings, while also embarking on the daily business of implementing the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

23 Dec 2016 description
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Following a contentious discussion, the General Assembly adopted two draft resolutions, on the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, and cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), respectively.

Both resolutions were adopted by recorded vote, with several delegates disputing specific paragraphs and asking for separate votes on each.

22 Dec 2016 description
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GA/11880
21 DECEMBER 2016

GENERAL ASSEMBLY
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 66TH MEETING (PM)

Resolution Establishing International Mechanism Concerning Syria Passed in Direct Plenary Action Reaffirming the role of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) in promoting sustainable development, the General Assembly today adopted 36 resolutions and one decision forwarded by that Committee.

16 Dec 2016 description
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GA/11877

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY

SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 63RD MEETING (AM)

Adopting a draft resolution on global health and foreign policy that focused on the role of health employment in driving economic growth and helping Member States move toward sustainable development, the General Assembly also held a debate on the culture of peace and elected members to the Organizational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission.

14 Dec 2016 description
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GA/11876

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY

SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 62ND MEETING (AM)

The role of the Sixth Committee (Legal) was crucial to strengthening international cooperation to confront threats to peace and security, the General Assembly affirmed today, as it adopted 25 resolutions and 4 decisions of that Committee without a vote.

13 Dec 2016 description
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AG/11872

ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE PLÉNIÈRE
SOIXANTE ET ONZIÈME SESSION, 60E SÉANCE PLÉNIÈRE - MATIN

C’est un Secrétaire général visiblement très ému par une très longue ovation debout pour sa « contribution exceptionnelle aux travaux de l’ONU » qui a passé aujourd’hui le relais à son successeur. M. António Guterres a sonné l’heure pour l’ONU « de reconnaître ses lacunes et de changer ses méthodes de travail », appelant à une Organisation « agile, efficace et privilégiant le résultat plutôt que la procédure, l’être humain plutôt que la bureaucratie ».

12 Dec 2016 description
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GA/11872

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-first Session, 60th Meeting (AM)

The General Assembly appointed António Guterres of Portugal as the Organization’s next Secretary-General, paying tribute to outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

09 Dec 2016 description
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GA/11870

Seventy-first Session, 56th & 57th Meetings (AM & PM)

Tasked with addressing and alleviating the largest scale of human suffering — 130 million dependent on aid for survival — since the founding of the United Nations, the General Assembly took up a plethora of humanitarian issues today, adopting five resolutions on a sector whose workers were increasingly in demand and danger.

07 Dec 2016 description
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GA/11868
6 DECEMBER 2016

Upon the recommendation of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), the General Assembly adopted 35 resolutions and 2 decisions today, on issues including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and decolonization.

28 Nov 2016 description
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AG/SHC/4193

ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE TROISIÈME COMMISSION
SOIXANTE ET ONZIÈME SESSION, 57E SÉANCE – MATIN

La Troisième Commission, chargée des questions sociales, humanitaires et culturelles, a achevé aujourd’hui les travaux de sa soixante et onzième session après avoir adopté, sans mise aux voix, les cinq projets de résolution sur lesquels il lui restait à se prononcer.

23 Nov 2016 description
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GA/SHC/4193

GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 26TH MEETING (AM)

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), acting without a vote, concluded its work today by approving five draft resolutions, part of a package of 51 texts to be sent to the General Assembly for adoption.

16 Nov 2016 description
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In Recorded Vote, Delegates Reject Motion to Suspend Debate on Country-specific Texts Criticized as Flawed ‘Instruments of Coercion’

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved five draft resolutions today, four of which pertained to human rights situations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Syria, Iran and Crimea, while one focused on crime prevention.

09 Nov 2016 description
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GA/SHC/4186

GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE

SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 46TH MEETING (PM)

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this afternoon to introduce seven draft resolutions, including on tackling the human rights situations in Syria and Iran, as well as on measures to eliminate female genital mutilation.

08 Nov 2016 description
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DEV/3252-SAG/490

2016 UNITED NATIONS PLEDGING CONFERENCES FOR DEVELOPMENT/WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME AM MEETINGS

At a United Nations pledging conference today, 24 countries committed to provide approximately $1.09 billion towards development activities. The amount represented an increase of more than of fourteen-fold over those commitments made in 2015.

03 Nov 2016 description
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GA/SHC/4184

GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 43RD & 44TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)

Taking action for the first time during the seventy‑first session, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today unanimously approved three resolutions on literacy, crime prevention, and alternative development programmes, and heard the introduction of a draft text on obstetric fistula.

03 Nov 2016 description
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AG/EF/3463

ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE DEUXIÈME COMMISSION
SOIXANTE ET ONZIÈME SESSION, 23E SÉANCE – MATIN

03 Nov 2016 description
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GA/SHC/4183

GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 41ST & 42ND MEETINGS (AM & PM)

Refugees were at the centre of political attention for the first time in decades, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today as it began its general debate on humanitarian questions.

02 Nov 2016 description
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY FIRST COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 26TH MEETING (AM)

GA/DIS/3567

The First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) concluded its work today, sending 69 draft resolutions and decisions to the General Assembly for adoption.

The Committee approved two draft resolutions on chemical weapons and improvised explosive devices.

02 Nov 2016 description
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 23RD MEETING (AM)

GA/EF/3463

Second Committee Introduces 14 Draft Resolutions, Including Text Underlining Contribution of Migration, Human Mobility to Sustainable Development

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today introduced 14 draft resolutions, including a text underscoring the massive contribution of migration and human mobility to sustainable development.

02 Nov 2016 description
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GA/11851

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-first Session, 39th Meeting (AM)

Urgent action was required to deal with the effects of El Niño, the General Assembly heard this morning as it discussed the phenomenon that devastates more than 60 million people a year and whose extreme weather events were predicted only to worsen in the future.