Latest United Nations General Assembly News

UN chief decries antisemitism, urges stand against hatred

Jan. 25, 2022 23:38 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres decried the resurgence of antisemitism in comments Tuesday night at a service commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust, and he urged people around the world to “stand firm against hate and bigotry anywhere and everywhere.” ...

Iran regains UN assembly voting rights after assets unfrozen

Jan. 24, 2022 16:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly said Monday that Iran, Guinea and Vanuatu had paid sufficient back dues to the United Nations’ regular operating budget to regain their voting rights in the 193-member world body. That leaves only two countries -- Venezuela and...

Seoul says it paid Iran's delinquent UN dues to restore vote

Jan. 23, 2022 05:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Using Iranian bank funds freed from American sanctions, South Korea has paid Iran's $18 million in delinquent dues owed to the United Nations, Seoul said Sunday. The step was apparently approved by Washington to restore Tehran's suspended voting rights at the...

UN General Assembly head urges peace during Beijing Olympics

Jan. 21, 2022 00:24 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the General Assembly appealed to the U.N.’s 193 member nations on Thursday to take “concrete actions” to promote peace during next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. Abdulla Shahid also called on all warring parties in conflicts...

UN approves resolution condemning denial of Nazi Holocaust

Jan. 20, 2022 17:11 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution Thursday condemning any denial of the Holocaust and urging all nations and social media companies “to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.” The...

Iran, Venezuela and Sudan lose UN voting rights with 5 more

Jan. 12, 2022 13:39 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran, Venezuela and Sudan are in arrears on paying dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and are among eight nations that will lose their voting rights in the 193-member General Assembly, the U.N. chief said in a letter circulated Wednesday. Also...

Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, UAE join Security Council

Jan. 04, 2022 18:43 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council got five new members Tuesday, as Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates formally took up the posts they won in an election in June. Ambassadors made brief remarks, installed their countries' flags alongside those...

Afghan envoy to UN resigns after Taliban moved to oust him

Dec. 17, 2021 19:21 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The former Afghan government’s ambassador to the United Nations has resigned after the country’s current Taliban rulers sought to replace him with their own envoy. Ghulam Isaczai told the U.N. on Thursday that he stepped down the day before, U.N....

UN delays action on Myanmar and Afghanistan's bid for seats

Dec. 06, 2021 13:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday delaying action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations, a decision that leaves the ambassadors from the ousted governments in...

UN urges truce during winter Olympics in Beijing in February

Dec. 02, 2021 22:02 PM EST

United Nations (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday urged all nations to observe a truce during the Beijing Winter Olympics starting in February, saying a halt to conflicts during one of the world’s premiere sporting events can be “a tool to promote peace, dialogue and...