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U.N. General Assembly will be virtual for the first time

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The UN General Assembly is the world's largest diplomatic gathering, and entails hundreds of side events and bilateral or multilateral meetings of world leaders. It has never been cancelled since the United Nations was founded in 1945.


U.N. adopts resolution calling for 'cooperation' on virus

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The resolution, approved by consensus, also stresses 'the need for full respect for human rights' and that 'there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and xenophobia in the response to the pandemic'

COOPERATION. File photo of the building of the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. Shutterstock.com

FALSE: Marawi war 'triggered' by 'attempt to serve a warrant of arrest for drug trafficking'

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Clashes erupted in Marawi in May 2017 as the military tried to capture 'high-value targets' of the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group. There was no mention of illegal drugs at the time.

Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-fourth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Amal Clooney raises attacks vs Maria Ressa at U.N.

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist who stands at 5’2” but stands taller than so many of us in her courage and personal sacrifice for the cause of telling the truth,' says Amal Clooney in her speech

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Fact checkers team up against disinformation at U.N. GA

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:01 PM

23 fact-checking organizations from 17 countries work together to spot false and misleading claims during the international event

Trump to boast to UN about U.S. success, but troubles mounting

Sep 22, 2019 - 11:44 AM

'We'll say the United States is the greatest country in the world,' says US President Donald Trump in a mini-review of his speech

TRUMP AT THE UN. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. fails in U.N. bid to condemn Palestinian Hamas movement

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The proposed measure wins 87 votes in the General Assembly, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. Fifty-eight countries oppose the measure and 32 abstain.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. In this file photo, the UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its session on September 12, 2017. UN file photo/Kim Haughton

PH govt asked to vote against Cuba blockade

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

PhilCuba says the blockade is an irrational, inhumane policy

Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The United States, Israel and Australia are the only 3 countries to oppose the measure in the 193-nation assembly

UN. In this file photo, Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. File photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

North Korea says 'no way' it will disarm without trust in U.S.

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:18 AM

'The recent deadlock is because the US relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building,' North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho tells the UN General Assembly

NORTH KOREA IN UN. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2018, at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Syria calls on U.S., French, Turkish forces to 'withdraw immediately'

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:02 AM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem says Damascus would continue 'fighting this sacred battle until we purge all Syrian territories' of both terror groups and 'any illegal foreign presence'

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Yemen president at U.N. dismisses talks with Huthis

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:41 PM

'All attempts at peace that are made with this group are doomed to fail,' President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi tells the UN General Assembly

NO PEACE TALKS? Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Filipina tagged by gov't as 'terrorist' wins UN's highest environmental award

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Joan Carling joins French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as recipients of the 2018 Champions of the Earth award

'CHAMPION TO COMMUNITIES.' Joan Carling is among the recipients of the United Nations' 2018 'Champions of the Earth' award. Photo from Joan Carling's Facebook page

Top U.S. diplomat to return to North Korea as Trump hails Kim

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to return to Pyongyang in October to move ahead on efforts for 'the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK'

Trump says refused to meet Canada's Trudeau at U.N.

Sep 27, 2018 - 8:43 AM

'I must be honest with you, we're not getting along with their negotiators we think their negotiators have taken advantage of our country for a long time,' US President Donald Trump says of Canada's trade negotiators

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Germany, Saudi Arabia to restore envoys after Lebanon row

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Saudi Arabia in November recalled its ambassador from Berlin following the eyebrow-raising resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon's prime minister while visiting Riyadh

Experts: U.N. helped reverse AIDS epidemic. It now must do the same for TB.

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Health experts call for specific action steps to combat tuberculosis

New Zealand PM makes U.N. history with first baby

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'I want to normalize it,' says Jacinda Ardern, the first woman leader in the history of the United Nations to take her newborn into the UN General Assembly hall

FIRST IN UN HISTORY. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and National Security and Intelligence of New Zealand holds her daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as her partner Clarke Gayford looks on during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018, one a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Macron at UN rebukes Trump's 'law of the strongest'

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:07 AM

'Some have chosen the law of the most powerful, but it cannot protect any people,' says French President Emmanuel Macron, who reaffirms his strong backing for multilateralism

AT UN. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Leaders back climate change urgency in New York

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:02 PM

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa calls on nations to unite behind limiting global warming to the less than 2ºC enshrined in the 2015 Paris accord.

CLIMATE CHANGE. This file photo shows Patricia Espinosa in a 2012 press conference. File photos by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Colombian leader urges diplomatic isolation of Venezuela

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Colombia's Ivan Duque says Venezuela should be barred from talks called for September 25 to support countries that have taken in migrants from the country grappling with a severe political and economic crisis

ON VENEZUELA. Ivan Duque, president of Colombia, addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018 a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

1 year later at U.N., Trump's 'rocket man' Kim is 'terrific'

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:21 AM

US President Donald Trump hails 'tremendous progress' to halt Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests and says that a year later it is a 'much different time'

'TERRIFIC.' This combination of pictures shows a file photo taken on June 11, 2018 of US President Donald Trump and a file image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. File photos by Roslan Rahman, Saul Loeb/AFP

Gridlock and K-pop: Things to know about the UN General Assembly

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:20 PM

130 world leaders are attending the United Nations this week, as well as K-pop sensation BTS, the world's most popular boy band

UNICEF GUESTS. K-pop sensation BTS – the world's most popular boy band – speaks at the launch of the "Generation Unlimited" UNICEF campaign.

Thor's gavel keeps order in the United Nations

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The president of the UN General Assembly wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a Viking gavel that is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it.

In this photo from 2012, Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth General Assembly, bangs the gavel, sealing the appointment of Ban Ki-moon to a second term as UN Secretary-General.UN Photo/Mark Garten

Macron to meet Trump, Iran's Rouhani at UN in New York

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Macron will meet Trump on Monday afternoon before having dinner with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. On Tuesday, the French president will address the assembly and hold talks with Rouhani, an Elysee Palace official says.

MACRON. A video grab from the French TV channel LCI taken on June 1, 2017, shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a live broadcast in Paris, after US president Donald Trump announced the United States was to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord. File photo by LCI/AFP

Russia rejects UN-backed call to withdraw troops from Moldova

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Russia's foreign ministry says its troops stationed in ex-Moldova's Transdniestr region (or Transnistria) 'remain a guarantor of peace and stability'

TRANSNISTRIA. Soviet orders are displayed on a large billboard along the main thoroughfare entering Tiraspol, capital of the self-proclaimed Moldovan Republic of Transnistria on April 3, 2017. Photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, U.S.

May 11, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The resolution creates a working group tasked with identifying gaps in international environmental law and determining whether there is a need to a new regulatory structure

UNITED NATIONS. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

Locsin to push for PH abstention from UN Rohingya reso

Nov 19, 2017 - 1:20 AM

The Philippine ambassador to the UN says the country 'should have abstained in deference to the Muslim and non-Muslim member states of ASEAN'

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar, where hundreds of Rohingya Muslims wait in makeshift camps before finding a way to cross over into Bangladesh. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

At U.N., Cayetano bloats number of drug users to 7 million

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:50 PM

If Secretary Cayetano is to be believed, this means President Duterte's drug war is failing, because the number of drug addicts has doubled since he took office

DRUG WAR. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano defends President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs at the general debate of the UN General Assembly's 72nd session on September 23, 2017. UN photo

Human rights, security go together, Cayetano tells UN

Sep 24, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also calls on UN member-states to respect Philippine sovereignty and cautions against 'misinformation' on the war on drugs

AT THE UN. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA on September 24, 2017. DFA/Malacanang photo

Bangladesh's PM at UN urges 'safe zones' for Myanmar's Rohingya

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:04 AM

The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of an army campaign in northern Rakhine state that includes rape and the burning of villages

SAFE ZONES? A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

What's Mocha Uson doing at UN General Assembly in New York?

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is included in the Philippine delegation to the UN event which is not attended by President Rodrigo Duterte nor PCOO chief Martin Andanar

Melania Trump invited Honeylet Avanceña to New York event – Malacañang

Sep 21, 2017 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife previously said she is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly

Honeylet Avanceña seen in New York for UN General Assembly

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's common-law wife says she was 'invited' to the high-profile gathering but refuses to say what her role was at the event

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by his partner Honeylet during the departure in Beijing Capital International Airport in China on May 15, 2017. Along with the Philippine delegation, Pres. Duterte and his partner Honeylet have their picture taken while onboard the presidential plane going back to the Philippines after the successful engagement in Cambodia, Hongkong and China. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) Trump boasts of America's military strength, signals he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the 'murderous regime' in Tehran, and berates US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

World leaders anxious to hear Trump as UN assembly kicks off

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:50 PM

A top White House aide says Trump will take aim at 'rogue regimes that threaten world stability and peace'

The UN General Assembly observes a minute of private prayer or silent meditation at the opening meeting of its seventy-first session, 12 September 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Air raids pound Aleppo as U.S. decries 'war crimes'

Dec 10, 2016 - 3:07 PM

3rd UPDATE Western powers meeting in Paris called for the resumption of peace talks and for civilians to be allowed to leave Aleppo where tens of thousands have already fled a fierce regime offensive

Syrian pro-government forces walks past rubble in old Aleppo's Jdeideh neighbourhood on December 9, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

UN to vote on 'too little, too late' Syria ceasefire

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:42 AM

The General Assembly is expected to adopt a non binding text that demands a complete end to all attacks on civilians and the lifting of all sieges

UN VOTE. In this file photo, outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks as Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres (L) listens during the ceremony for the appointment of the Secretary-General during the 70th session of the General Assembly October 13, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Portugal's Antonio Guterres appointed next UN secretary-general

Oct 13, 2016 - 10:59 PM

UPDATED The appointment of the 67 year old polyglot comes at a time of global anxiety over the ongoing war in Syria the refugee crisis and raging conflicts in South Sudan and Yemen

THE NEW UN SECRETARY GENERAL. UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres is applauded as he arrives for the ceremony for the appointment of the Secretary-General during the 70th session of the General Assembly October 13, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Yasay raises West PH Sea ruling before UN

Sep 27, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea is final and binding on all parties Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

UN SPEECH. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly's 71st session on September 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of UN

UN holds first leaders' meeting on LGBT rights

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:54 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns countries that criminalize homosexuality they are bucking the tide of history

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the high-level side event of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Core Group 'Path2Equality: Global leaders discuss progress towards LGBT Equality,' at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 21, 2016. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Japan PM demands world find 'new means' to stop North Korea

Sep 22, 2016 - 6:35 AM

Shinzo Abe: There is no alternative but to say that the threat has now reached a dimension altogether different from what has transpired until now

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's 71st session, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 21, 2016. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Some 30 countries to ratify Paris climate accord at UN

Sep 21, 2016 - 9:06 AM

The global body said 30 states would submit their ratification at the UN General Assembly including Latin American heavyweights Argentina Brazil and Mexico

A file photo of the final plenary session of the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris, France, December 12, 2015. Photo courtesy COP21/UN

Obama hits at populist strongmen in last UN address

Sep 21, 2016 - 8:04 AM

Before the UN Obama restated the case for multilateralism and an America that knows the limits of its own might

VALEDICTORY. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly'€™s 71st session, at the UN headquarters, September 20, 2016. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Warnings of xenophobia at UN refugee summit

Sep 20, 2016 - 9:37 AM

The first ever UN summit on refugees and migrants kicked off a week of high level diplomacy as world leaders take part in the annual General Assembly meeting dominated this year by the conflict in Syria

A view of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants at the UN headquarters in New York, September 19, 2016. Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

Fiji envoy elected UN General Assembly chief

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:06 AM

It is the first time a representative from the Pacific island states was chosen for the largely honorific post in the UN s 71 year history

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Peter Thomson addresses the Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, June 13, 2016. UN Photo/Manuel Elias