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US pledges new aid for Haiti, urges UN to authorise security mission

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, flanked by Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, left, and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Alfred Nganga Mutua, right, addresses diplomats and media during a meeting on the security situation in Haiti, on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly at the Lotte Palace Hotel in New York City, US, on 22nd September, 2023

New York, USReuters The United States on Friday unveiled $US65 million more in help for Haiti’s police and urged the UN Security Council to formally back the deployment of a multinational security mission to help the Caribbean country fight crippling gang violence. Speaking at a meeting in New York to address the security situation in […]

Poor states use food crisis fight to get big power attention at UN

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, on 19th September, 2023.

United NationsReuters In his speech opening the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders this week, Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres vowed – to applause – that he would “not give up” trying to get food and fertiliser from Russia and Ukraine to global markets.  After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, 2022, the United Nations blamed the […]

United Nations condemns Russia’s move to annex parts of Ukraine

UN General Assembly vote on Russia

United NationsReuters The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly condemned Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four partially occupied regions in Ukraine and called on all countries not to recognize the move, strengthening a diplomatic international isolation of Moscow since it invaded its neighbor. Three-quarters of the 193-member General Assembly – 143 countries – voted […]

Polluters must pay, says UN chief, urges taxes to help climate victims

UN 77th Session Antonio Guterres

United NationsReuters UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged rich countries to tax windfall profits of fossil fuel companies and use that money to help countries harmed by the climate crisis and people who are struggling with rising food and energy prices. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 77th Session of the United Nations […]

Uniting Church of Australia adopts dual approach to marriage

The Uniting Church of Australia’s General Assembly has adopted a dual approach to marriage in acknowledgement of a “diversity of religious beliefs and ethical understandings…on matters relating to sexuality and marriage”. In a resolution adopted on Friday night in Melbourne, the assembly voted to recognise two statements of belief on marriage – one, expressed in a […]