Speakers Deliberate Over Effective Ways to Ensure Criminal Accountability for Officials, Experts on Mission, as Sixth Committee takes up Report

12 Oct

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) began consideration of the annual reports on criminal accountability for United Nations officials and experts on mission today, some speakers called on Member States whose nationals were alleged to have committed a crime to provide previously requested information on those cases, while other stressed that primary jurisdictional responsibility laid with the alleged perpetrators’ State of nationality.

In Face of Pandemic, 100 Million People Worldwide on Brink of Extreme Poverty, Assembly President Says, as Second Committee Concludes General Debate

9 Oct

With COVID-19 continuing to wreak havoc on national economies, delegates urged the international community to focus on sustainable development in recovering from the pandemic´s devastating effects, as the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) concluded its general debate today.

Concerned by Turkey’s Plan to Reopen Varosha Coast, Security Council Presidential Statement Calls for Reversal of Decision, Urging Adherence to Resolutions

9 Oct

Expressing concern over Turkey’s recently announced plan to open the coastline of Varosha, a city on the eastern edge of Cyprus, the Security Council called today for a reversal of that decision and for the parties to avoid any unilateral action that could raise tensions on the island.

Third Committee Delegates Call for ‘Renewed Solidarity’ in Addressing COVID-19 Fallout, as Concerns over Human Rights Abuses Stoke Regional Tensions

8 Oct

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its debate on social development today, with delegates highlighting the ways in which COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated entrenched inequalities and calling for universal distribution of a vaccine, once available, at affordable prices.

Fourth Committee Approves Work Programme for Coronavirus-Affected Seventy-fifth General Assembly Session, as Chair Highlights ‘One-time’ Anti-pandemic Measure

8 Oct

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved today its work programme for the seventy‑fifth session of the General Assembly, covering the decolonization of the 17 remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories, peacekeeping operations, the plight of Palestine refugees and Israel’s practices affecting the human rights of Palestinians and other Arabs in the occupied territories, among several agenda items.

Sixth Committee Speakers Argue over Differences between Legitimate National Defence, Terrorist Threats, as Debate Continues on Combating Global Menace

8 Oct

As the Sixth Committee (Legal) continued its consideration of measures to eliminate international terrorism, delegates held a heated debate, describing the challenges to their countries and their efforts to address and combat the global threat inside and outside their national borders.

Pandemic That ‘Knows No Borders’ Pushed Millions into Poverty, Delegates Stress, as Third Committee Concludes Social Development Debate amid Calls for Unity

8 Oct

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) concluded its debate on social development today, with delegates drawing attention to the world’s lack of preparedness for COVID-19, a challenge that has exacerbated inequalities between and within countries, raising human rights concerns.

Multidimensional Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic More Dire in Developing World, Speaker Says, as Second Committee Continues Its General Debate

8 Oct

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose glaring weaknesses in the economies of vulnerable States, battering their recovery and requiring assistance from the international community, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it continued its general debate today.