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UN resolution recognizes right to clean, healthy environment

Jul. 28, 2022 22:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday recognizing the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a vote Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called “historic.” The vote in the 193-member world body was 161-0 with...

Russia's Lavrov urges UN reforms to raise Africa's voice

Jul. 26, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said his country supports reforming the U.N. Security Council to give a more powerful role to developing nations, including African countries. Sergey Lavrov spoke Tuesday in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, after meeting with Ugandan...

Russia defends veto of aid to northwest Syria for one year

Jul. 21, 2022 23:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia defended its veto of a U.N. resolution that would have extended humanitarian aid deliveries to 4.1 million Syrians in the rebel-held northwest from Turkey for a year, insisting that its demand for only a six-month extension was essential and accusing Western nations...

Nearly 160 world leaders plan to attend UN September meeting

Jul. 19, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A very high number of heads of state and government -- 157 -- say they plan to attend September’s first totally in-person gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020. The 104 heads of state on the...

Prince Harry challenges divided world to reclaim democracies

Jul. 18, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry challenged people everywhere Monday to adopt Nelson Mandela’s spirit of hope in today’s divided world to reclaim democracies and leave a better future for children, movingly citing the inspiration of the anti-apartheid leader on his own life and...

Britain's Prince Harry to keynote Mandela day UN celebration

Jul. 16, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry will address the U.N. General Assembly at its annual celebration Monday of Nelson Mandela International Day and is expected to speak about the legacy of the South African anti-apartheid leader who spent 27 years in prison and became his country’s...

UN urges world action to cut 1.3 million road deaths in half

Jul. 01, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly’s first high-level meeting on road safety called Friday for global action to cut the annual toll of nearly 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries in traffic crashes by at least half by decade's end. The political declaration...

Africa 'taken hostage' by Russia's invasion, Zelenskyy says

Jun. 21, 2022 04:54 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — “Africa is actually taken hostage” in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amid catastrophically rising food prices, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the African Union continental body during a closed-door address on Monday. It took weeks of requests...

UN elects new council members including Japan, Switzerland

Jun. 09, 2022 22:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. member nations elected five countries to join the powerful U.N. Security Council on Thursday with no suspense or drama because all were unopposed — Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland. Winning a seat on the 15-member Security Council is...

China and Russia defend North Korea vetoes in first at UN

Jun. 08, 2022 23:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and Russia defended their vetoes of a strongly backed U.S. resolution that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea, speaking at a first of its kind General Assembly meeting Wednesday. The debate was held under new rules requiring the...