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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# UN General Assembly

This month
March 2023
# Climate Change
Over 100 nations, including Ireland, back Vanuatu plan to tackle climate change
Vanuatu, a nation made up of around 80 islands, has spearheaded a drive to define what legal responsibility countries have for the impact of climate change.
Last year
# New York
Occupied Territories Bill would not make any 'practical difference', says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach has said the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory is untenable.
# UN General Assembly
Taoiseach's flight from Dublin to New York forced to return to Ireland due to a bird strike
The Taoiseach was able to catch a later flight to New York following the incident.
All time
# Christmas Shopping
Taoiseach 'concerned' about Christmas delivery delays due to Brexit
Irish shoppers are being advised to start planning their Christmas purchases as soon as they can.
# United Nations
Martin describes toll of Covid-19 on society ahead of address at UN General Assembly
This year’s General Assembly is taking place remotely.
# listen here
Amidst crisis at home, Johnson talks 'limbless chickens' and 'pink-eyed terminators' in UN speech
The prime minister’s speech to the UN General Assembly warned of technology’s capacity to control citizens.
# backstop
Will no-deal Brexit mean border checks in Ireland? Juncker's answer is simple: Yes
“The British have to tell us exactly the architectural nature of this border,” the European Commission president told Sky News, “I don’t like it, a hard border.”
# peace summit
Varadkar to address UN General Assembly as Ireland seeks security council spot
The Taoiseach and Tánaiste are in New York this morning.
# New York
Michael D Higgins invokes spirit of Good Friday Agreement in address to UN General Assembly
The UN is holding a two-day summit on ‘peacebuilding and sustaining peace’.
# shocked
Mary Robinson at the UN: Trump's threat to 'obliterate North Korean people' provoked 'gasps'
The former Irish president has attacked the current US President.
# United Nations
Trump says democracy must be restored in Venezuela as 'their country is collapsing'
Trump made his comments ahead of the annual world leaders debate at the UN today.
# Assad
UN sets up panel to gather evidence of war crimes in Syria
The General Assembly resolution was co-sponsored by Ireland and 57 other countries.
# cold war kids
Obama slams Russia and Iran for supporting 'child-killing tyrant' Assad
The US president is due to meet Putin for the first time in over two years later today.
# passed
Ireland backs vote as Palestinian flag set to fly over United Nations
Palestine and the Vatican are the only two observer states in the UN.
# Bill Gates
Tánaiste to meet Bill Gates in Dublin today
They’ll discuss EU budget and size of Emergency Aid Reserve and European Development Fund.
# falklands
'The Sun' places ad in Argentinian paper defending Falklands policy
The tabloid has advertised in an English-language newspaper telling Argentina’s president: ‘Hands off.’
# falklands
British PM refuses demands to return Falkland Islands to Argentina
David Cameron has today dismissed a renewed call by Argentine President Cristina Kirchner for Britain to return the disputed Falkland Islands.
# Israel
Israel announces plan for 3,000 new settler homes after UN vote
Construction is expected to be in the highly contentious area of the West Bank known as E1, a corridor that runs between the easternmost edge of annexed east Jerusalem and the Maaleh Adumim settlement.
# UN
Britain still undecided on UN Palestinian vote: ambassador
The nations’ UN ambassador says Britain believes the Palestinians should delay their application over fears the move could backfire.
# Syria
Damascus rejects UN chief call for unilateral ceasefire
The foreign ministry said it had twice implemented a ceasefire – but rebels had used it as an opportunity to ” expand their armed deployment”.
Hillary Clinton among over 50 foreign ministers to visit Dublin in December
The US Secretary of State is set to visit Ireland days after the Budget as Ireland hosts a major conference for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
# United Nations
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.
# Syria
UN notes possible crimes against humanity in Syria
The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for a resolution backing an Arab League plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down – and strongly condemns human rights violations by his regime.
# Palestine
Tánaiste says Ireland will back Palestinian push for UN membership
Eamon Gilmore was addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York today.
# Palestine
Obama to urge Abbas to drop bid for Palestinian statehood
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will present a letter to the UN Security Council later, seeking recognition for an independent state.
# UN
Palestinians to seek UN membership
The issue of Palestinian statehood is set to take centre stage ahead of the opening of the UN General Assembly session.
# United Nations
Tánaiste to address the United Nations General Assembly
The UNGA meets for the 66th this week with the issue of Palestinian statehood among the topics to be discussed.
# United Nations
Ban Ki-moon secures second term as UN head
The South Korean will remain as Secretary-General for another five years, with unanimous backing from the assembly.
# Gaddafi
Ten things you should know about Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
What you need to know about one of the world’s longest serving leaders.