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Prime Minister at UN General Assembly 2015

David Cameron led a delegation to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 27 to 30 September 2015.

Prime Minister speaks at UN General Assembly

Alongside the Prime Minister, ministers from other departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Department for International Development, attended UNGA.

News and announcements

Aid and accountability

The Prime Minister has called on world leaders for more aid spending and more accountability. As well as speaking at the 3-day UN Summit to adopt the Global Goals, he also brought together world leaders, NGOs and business representatives for an event focused on the global promise to ‘Leave No One Behind’. Read his LinkedIn post on the UK’s aid commitments.

Watch the Prime Minister’s video message calling on world leaders to meet their promises on aid spending

David Cameron calls for world leaders to meet promises on aid spending

Read the Prime Minister’s speech at the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2015.

Climate change

Speaking on Sunday 27 September, the Prime Minister underlined UK support for climate change and urged fellow leaders to work together to secure an ambitious global climate change deal in Paris later this year.

Peacekeeping support

David Cameron also announced a plan for troops from the UK to take part in peacekeeping operations as part of UN support for African Union forces. The UK’s contribution to peacekeeping in the region will support efforts by the United Nations and African Union to end some of the world’s most destabilising conflicts.

Countering ISIL

On Tuesday 29 September the Prime Minister announced proposals to place any British foreign fighters that have gone to join ISIL in Syria under UN sanctions.

The Prime Minister also spoke during the UN general debate on countering ISIL and violent extremism on Wednesday 30 September. He set out what the UK is doing to help in countries like Syria and Iraq, but also discussing the need to combat extremist ideology.

Other events

The Prime Minister met a number of world leaders during the summit, including the Indian Prime Minister, President of Somalia and the President of Kenya. He also held trilateral talks with the King of Jordan and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Other events included an investment roundtable and a Northern Powerhouse reception to showcase the best talent of businesses in the north of England.

UK priorities for United Nations General Assembly 2015

The Prime Minister set out his priorities for the UK as:

  • countering ISIL and the situation in Syria
  • Global Goals – making sure that no one is left behind
  • climate change

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More about the United Nations General Assembly

Find out more about the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on the UN website.

Published 27 September 2015
Last updated 30 September 2015 + full page history
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