Lesser-Known UN Speech Round-Up

Thursday, September 27, 2012

United Nations (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

We look at some of the UN speeches from countries that aren't getting the headlines, including Mali, Guatemala, and Italy. Featuring:


Hugo Dixon, Adam Nossiter and Barbara Schieber

Comments [11]

Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Hi, nobody ever (or hardly ever) mentions Argentina. It is in a bad way. Eugenia Renskoff

Sep. 27 2012 03:56 PM
Dolores Bittleman from Murray Hill, NYC 10016

It's high time some common sense is aired about our 'war on drugs' as heads of state address the matter at current UN meetings. This is first and foremost an ECONOMIC issue in my view.

Can our 'drug policy' ever be modified when this so called 'war on drugs' is so entrenched in a complex economic web of police-prison-judiciary & legislative sanctimonious hogwash. This failed 'policy' is bankrupt!

The U.N. addresses from Guatemala, Mali, Columbia may be a hopeful start to a public understanding of the 'war on drugs'--in agreement with noted economist and Nobel-Prize Winner Milton Friedman's reasoned arguments on this matter.

Sep. 27 2012 11:04 AM

Finally!! Someone getting "tough" on Julian Assange!!

Sorry, as left as I am, I just don't get this self-made rebel without a cause (besides himself).

Sep. 27 2012 10:44 AM
oscar from ny

Its too bad iran president ahmadinajad wont be speaking anymore at these asemblys...he is such a great personality and his speeches need to be made into movies.

Sep. 27 2012 10:43 AM

We heard the President of France speak about the Malian situation!! Where is the speech from the President of Mali?

Sep. 27 2012 10:36 AM
Janet from NYC

Oops! I misspoke. I thought you going to give voice to the Malians as you gave voice to the Guatemalians. You are not covering the remarks of Dr Modibo Diarra the PM of Mali but giving further voice to the people spreading misinformation. Adam Nossiter reports about Mali from Dakar. No one is listening to the Malian people. I have a long connection with Mali. I have been writing about the situation on my website:

Sep. 27 2012 10:35 AM
Janet from NYC

Thanks for bringing attention to the remarks of the Prime Minister of Mali, Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra who is well liked in Mali and unreported in the western media. So much dangerous misinformation. And such a terrible US position.

Sep. 27 2012 10:26 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Thank you, Brian, for giving the woman from Guatemala a few extra minutes. It reminds me that, while I appreciate the BBC News programs, the Canadian culture one, and the brief appearance of the "This American Life"-type program, "The State We're In" from the Netherlands, that there is *no* consistent non-Western programming--no English-language programs from Central/Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe ... It would be *so* fascinating to hear local and world news directly from their perspectives rather than from either interviews or sound bites. I hope WNYC's programmers, with all the current changes, will consider this.

Sep. 27 2012 10:26 AM
Susan from nyc

I noticed that the only media that spoke about Julian Assange's speech was RT. How about that one?

Sep. 27 2012 10:20 AM

The strife in Mali is also largely based on drug trafficking.

Sep. 27 2012 10:18 AM

Schieber sounds brilliant.

Sep. 27 2012 10:14 AM

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