General Assembly: Meetings Coverage


Adopting a decision and amendment concerning the participation of non-governmental organizations in the forthcoming financing for development conference, the General Assembly today also held a debate on unilateral economic coercive measures, with some speakers underscoring that they hinder development, deepen divisions and increase trade inequities, while others upheld them as a tool for maintenance of peace.


Spotlighting Guatemala’s transformation — including its tremendous efforts to combat corruption — as an example of what national endeavours bolstered by international support can achieve, that country’s President underscored the urgent need to rescue multilateralism as a fundamental tool for overcoming pressing global challenges as he addressed the General Assembly today — a point also made by the body’s President, who opened the meeting.


Small island developing States face a diversion of expenditure from sustainable development to recovery from the impacts of climate-change-induced disasters, speakers told the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Antigua and Barbuda today, to highlight the critical importance of financial support and access to finance.