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# General Assembly

This year
2023
Taoiseach tells UN ‘we are not where we would wish to be’ on Sustainable Development Goals
Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan are all attending the UN General Assembly this week.
Last year
2022
UN overwhelmingly votes to condemn Russia's 'illegal annexation' of Ukrainian land
America’s ambassador to the UN urged countries to send a message that seizing a neighbour’s land won’t be tolerated
Key week for Ireland's term on UN Security Council during Ukraine-dominated General Assembly
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will also arrive in New York later today.
All time
Trump brings the house down at UN General Assembly after insisting his White House has 'achieved more than any other'
Ordinarily the General Assembly is a pretty solemn place. But not today.
Israeli PM warns nuclear-capable Iran poses greater threat than Islamic State
He said “to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war”.
US and Iranian presidents speak by phone in first direct contact since 1979
The call to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme shows evidence of an unprecedented opening of relations between the two nations.
United Nations adopts global arms trade treaty
The treaty will see states, for the first time ever, prohibited from selling arms to countries when they know they will be used to carry out war crimes or genocide.
Palestinians win UN state recognition
The US has responded by saying the vote sets ‘obstacles’ to peace, while Canada’s UN ambassador said it “undermines the core” of attempts to broker a peace deal.
Ireland likely to vote for increased Palestinian role at UN
The General Assembly will today vote on giving Palestine ‘non-member observer state’ – equivalent to the Holy See.
Eamon Gilmore tells UN: Palestinian state is "long overdue"
The Tánaiste also described events in Syria as “an affront to humanity”.
President Obama weighs in on 'terrible' NFL call
The decision at the end of the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks has provoked much debate.
Frustration and turmoil as world leaders meet for UN general assembly
Syria, Palestine, Iran’s nuclear program and protests generated by an anti-Islamic film will top the agenda.
UN assembly hits out at Security Council failure on Syria
The Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution criticising the Security Council’s failure to act on the Syria conflict.
UN General Assembly set to denounce Syrian crackdown
The diplomatic effort to solve Syria moves to the General Assembly, where Russia and China cannot veto it.
UN human rights chief urges international community to "act now" on Syria
High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told the General Assembly that the Government of Syria has failed to protect its people.
Column: Of course there is a pro-Israel lobby - but there is an anti-Israel lobby too
The Israel Ambassador in Ireland says he is tired of talk of an all-powerful Zionist lobby – a Jewish lobby exists, but it’s no different from the Irish lobby which exerted influence in the US, he argues…
Tánaiste says Ireland will back Palestinian push for UN membership
Eamon Gilmore was addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York today.
In full: Eamon Gilmore's speech to the UN General Assembly
The Tánaiste addressed the UN on Ireland’s foreign policy priorities, the Arab Spring, the issue of Palestinian statehood and the humanitarian crisis in East Africa.
Live: World leaders address the UN General Assembly
Earlier, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas outlined his country’s case for statehood.
US, Ireland walk out as Iran delivers UN speech
US delegates leave chambers after President Ahmadinejad refers to 9/11 attacks as a “mystery”.
Obama: Middle East peace will not come through UN resolutions
President Barack Obama says it is the Israelis and Palestinians – and not the US – that must agree on the issues that divide them.
UN approves Libya seat for former rebels
The UN gave strong backing to Libya’s former rebels yesterday by handing their National Transitional Council the country’s UN seat.
Palestine to seek full UN membership
President Mahmoud Abbas is to ask the UN to officially recognise the State of Palestine next week.