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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA/GA) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and the only one in which all member nations have equal representation. Its powers are to oversee the budget of the United Nations, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council, receive reports from other parts of the United Nations and make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions. It has also established a wide number of subsidiary organs.

The General Assembly has 193 members.

Recognition of Palestine to a "non-member state"

On 29 November 2012, the General Assembly has approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine. Earlier Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has called the General Assembly to issues its long overdue "birth certificate". U.S. along with Israel and few other countries have opposed against the move to change the upgrade the status of Palestine from "entity" to "non-member state". 138 votes were polled in favor and nine against, while there are 41 abstentions. Three countries didn't take part in the vote.

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IKEA Stores Begin Brighter Lives for Refugees Annual Fund Raising Campaign
CONSHOHOCKEN,PA--(Marketwired - November 23, 2015) - The IKEA Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, a global cause-related initiative, will soon be active in over 40 countries raising millions of dollars for refugees. From November 29 through December 19, 2015, for every LED product sold in all IKEA stores and online, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1 to help UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Twitter Partners With Postano to Power Interactive Visualization at CBS Presidential Democratic Debate in Iowa
PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - November 12, 2015) - Postano, a leading social visualization and measurement platform, today announced that it is partnering with Twitter for the upcoming CBS Presidential Democratic Debate in Iowa on November 14

The President of the United Nations General Assembly and the People+Planet Project Welcome Oprah Winfrey to UN Headquarters for Special Screening of "Belief"
The President of the United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, in collaboration with the People+Planet Project (P+PP) will welcome Oprah Winfrey to UN Headquarters for a special early screening of Winfrey's new docu-series "Belief" on October 15.

The Forces Behind the The World's Most Important Campaign in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Take on Madison Avenue & Advertising Week
One week after the Sustainable Development Goals were officially adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, creative media leaders gathered at a panel during Advertising Week to discuss the implementation of The World's Most Important Campaign to be launched in January.

At UN Counterextremism Summit, Morocco's King Mohammed VI Reiterates Need for Comprehensive, Integrated Strategy
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 02, 2015) - In a speech to the Leaders' Summit to Counter ISIL and Violent Extremism that took place alongside the United Nations General Assembly meeting earlier this week, Morocco's King Mohammed VI urged leaders to adopt "an integrated strategy" to fight the spread of terrorism.

"Transforming the Future for People and Planet" Event at United Nations Headquarters Announced the People+Planet Project, a New Action Network for Social Good to Support the Sustainable Development Goals
Days after the United Nations General Assembly adopts the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new post-2015 initiative to support these universal objectives was introduced at an event in the UN Visitors Plaza "We the Peoples Hub."

Morocco's King Mohammed VI Calls for Africa Development Plan, Action on Climate Change, Reaffirms Position on Western Sahara at United Nations General Assembly Meeting
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 01, 2015) - In a speech delivered on September 30 by Prince Moulay Rachid to the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Morocco's King Mohammed VI called on the UN and regional and international financial institutions "to draw up an action plan for economic transformation in Africa and provide steady resources to finance it."

Japan's Prime Minister and Cultural Celebrities Welcome More Americans to Japan
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 30, 2015) - Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) New York Office appealed their continued success in the growing number of international visitors to Japan and raised industry attentions to new destinations across Japan in the conjunction event with the top officials from the central government

FareHarbor Partners With United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) During 70th General Assembly Held in NYC
FareHarbor, a family-owned business serving tour and activity operators with the industry's ultimate online booking and reservation management platform, today announced its partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) in support of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York City, from September 19 through October 3, 2015.

Tomorrow, "Transforming the Future for People and Planet" Event at United Nations Headquarters Will Introduce the People+Planet Project, a New Action Network for Social Good to Support the Sustainable Development Goals
Days after the United Nations General Assembly adopts the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new post-2015 initiative to support these universal objectives will be introduced at an event in the UN Visitors Plaza "We the Peoples Hub."

"Impacto Latino" Latino Gathering at the United Nations "We the People Hub"
PVBLIC Foundation has partnered with Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision Communications, Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and the "We the Peoples Hub" powered by UNICEF, UN Millennium Campaign and UNDP to host "Impacto Latino" 2015, a groundbreaking event that will showcase prominent figures from Latin America and the U.S

#NotACrime Unveils Street Art Campaign to Expose Human Rights Abuses in Iran During United Nations General Assembly
#NotACrime, a campaign to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Iran, today unveiled its latest project

Hotel 3232 - Special Treat for Yogis Visiting the Big Apple
Yoga enthusiasts from all around the world are in for a special surprise when visiting New York City's Hotel 3232. After a successful International Day of Yoga celebrated in New York City's Times Square June 21, Yoga's popularity has enjoyed an even bigger boost, inciting Hotel 3232 to cater to yogis everywhere Salutes the Sun
This year, Sunday, June 21st, will be a day of many celebrations. It is Father's Day, of course, but it is also the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the much-celebrated day when the sun shines longer than any other and summer officially begins for all those north of the equator. The travel experts at Cheapflights

The IKEA Brighter Lives for Refugees Campaign Raises $11.6 (EUR10.8) Million for UNHCR
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA--(Marketwired - April 13, 2015) - UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, thanks IKEA customers and co-workers for supporting 'Brighter Lives for Refugees', a global cause-related campaign that raised $11.6 million* for refugees this year. In just the US, IKEA raised over $1 million and sold 1,031,275 LEDARE bulbs

Helping Refugees, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR Provide Sustainable Lighting and Access to Primary Education
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA--(Marketwired - January 21, 2015) - The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign returns to make a difference and create a better everyday life for the many refugees living around the world. Starting February 1 and running till March 29, 2015, for every LED light bulb purchased in IKEA stores, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro ($1

Indian Delegate Anshul Pachouri Participated in the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2014: an Important Milestone in the Youth Diplomacy of the Country
The World Bank Group hosted its second annual Youth Summit in partnership with United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth on October 7th 2014 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC. The summit was focused on discussing the issues surrounding youth engagement and participation pertaining to open government, transparency and accountability

First Ladies Global Call to Action Conference on Women and Girls' Financial Health
The Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations is pleased to inform that the Special Envoy for Women & Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, is hosting the "First Ladies' Global Call to Action Conference on Women and Girls' Financial Health

A 52 Michelin Starred Tapas Feast: Spain's Finest Chefs Come Together for UNICEF and 20 Years of Hotel Arts Barcelona for One Night Only - June 12th 2014
Hotel Arts Barcelona will join forces with UNICEF this June to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a "Estrellas Solidarias" -- a night with Spain's greatest gastronomic stars -- with a combined 52 Michelin stars between them.

IKEA Foundation "Brighter Lives for Refugees" Campaign Thanks Customers and Co-Workers for Support in Raising $10.6 Million for UNHCR
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA--(Marketwired - May 05, 2014) - The IKEA Foundation announces the 'Brighter Lives for Refugees' campaign, which ran from February 3-March 29, 2014, raised $10.6 million* (Є7.7 million) globally, and the US alone raised over $570,000 in its first campaign year. For every IKEA LEDARE (LED light bulb) purchased during the campaign period, Є1*(approx. $1

IKEA Lights Up UNHCR Refugee Camps With Sustainable Lighting
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA--(Marketwired - February 03, 2014) - It's a bright idea for a good cause with the introduction of the new IKEA Foundation campaign, 'Brighter Lives for Refugees.' Running February 3 - March 29, 2014, the global IKEA store initiative includes a donation of one euro ($1.35)* to the UN refugee agency UNHCR for every IKEA LEDARE -- LED light bulb sold

Dr. R. Seetharaman Conferred with Doctorate in Global Governance at European University
Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank, the leading private commercial bank in Qatar, has been conferred with “Doctorate in Global Governance” at the European University. Dr. Seetharaman’s thesis on Global Governance is with regards to the global financial crisis. While defending his thesis, Dr

Ericsson: ICT Fundamental to Global Sustainable Development

FedEx Chief Fred Smith to Be Honored at USCIB Award Gala
Fred Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corp., will receive the top award from the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), a pro-trade group representing America's leading global companies. Smith will be honored at a September 18 gala dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

PeaceNow Provides Inspiration, Ideas and Video Contest for Upcoming Peace Day
Peace Mobs, Peace Feasts and other peaceful gatherings, inspired by, will be forming throughout the world, in honor of the United Nations' International Day of Peace, on September 21. ( is a new organization that was formed to bring people around the world together to live and communicate peacefully, not just on September 21, but every day.

Spigit Powers Innovation at the United Nations
Spigit, the global leader in enterprise innovation software, today announced that it will be working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), its partners, and its beneficiaries to solve some of the most pressing challenges in refugee protection and assistance worldwide.

Ali Baba Terrace Turkish Cuisine Prepares Feast at United Nations to Celebrate International Day of Nowruz
Perhaps only once per year do the exotic flavors of Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and other regional cultures converge in a single celebration

6,000 Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles Thrown Away Every 4 Seconds in the US Alone
On Friday, the Dopper Foundation is inviting Bay Area residents to San Francisco's UN Plaza to surf a huge 14 foot plastic wave, made of 6,000 single-use plastic water bottles to help raise awareness about how everyone can contribute to cleaner oceans.

Fifty Indian MPs support global parliament for effective governance
To improve the democratic character of global governance, the world's citizens should be given more responsibility through a global parliament.

'India is committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan'
India is committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue provided an environment free of terror is created to move forward meaningfully, the government has told members of the Rajya Sabha.

'Bilateral relationship between China and India positive': Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi here in the backdrop of Beijing's objection over Defence Minister A K Antony's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, today said he had wide-ranging discussions with the visiting dignitary, and added that the bilateral relationship between China and India is progressing on a positive note.

India to host Fourth BRICS Summit in Delhi
India will host the Fourth BRICS Summit here on March 29 with the theme "BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity".

Fifteen International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools & Mumbai Dignitaries Conclude a Successful Model United Nations (MUN)
The three-day long SISMUN 2012 hosted by Singapore International School (SIS) was unique because apart from the Model United Nations (MUN) experience it included a Photo Journalism contest for students and a Panel Discussion by leading Mumbai dignitaries. Chief Guest Mr. R. K. Padmanavan, Executive Director, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) inaugurated the event along with Mr

India, Japan condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
India and Japan has condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purpose.

India, Japan likely to resume formal nuclear talks
India and Japan are expected to resume the stalled dialogue on the possible nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries when Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visits India on Tuesday.

India is a stakeholder in Afghanistan's stability, says Preneet Kaur
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Thursday said India is eager to ensure that peace and stability prevails in Afghanistan.

Naidu slams PM for backing ministers, demands Chidambaram's resignation
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday criticized Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for backing ministers involved in the 2G scam and demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who was the country's Finance Minister then.

Krishna discusses Afghan situation with Russian Foreign Minister
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna discussed the international situation, particularly the situation in Afghanistan, developments in the Middle East and North Africa, the Iran nuclear issue and developments in the Asia Pacific region with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Iran rejects US' 'direct military hot line' proposal
Iran has reportedly rejected a proposal by the United States to establish a military-to-military hot line between Washington and Tehran.

Analyst calls to take 'influential' Pak Imams call for jihad against US seriously
The tense situation between the US and Pakistan following the former's military chief Admiral Mike Mullen's comments of the Haqqani Network's connection with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has intensified after 50 influential imams and religious leaders there threatened a jihad if Washington attacks the nuclear-armed country.

Manmohan Singh celebrates his birthday onboard aircraft
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh celebrated his 79th birthday with members of his official delegation and media persons onboard a flight enroute to Frankfurt from New York on Monday.

Pranab Mukherjee refuses to comment on 2G scam note
In the wake of a controversy surrounding the 2G scam note, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, here today refused to comment on the issue saying the matter is sub judice and he shall have to take the opinion of legal experts and party leaders on the issue.

PM, Mukherjee meeting begins in New York
The crucial meeting between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has begun here.

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