Rabat – The United Nations General Assembly adopted by overwhelming majority a resolution that rejects Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Ahead of the vote, which took place Thursday, Trump had threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” His threats fell short of deterring the overwhelming majority of member states from voting for the resolution and calling on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, including 28 countries from the EU.Germany, which had previously refrained from taking positions related to Israel, also voted for the resolution.Only nine countries voted against, including the United States and Israel, Micronesia, Togo, Palau, Marshall Islands, Honduras, Nauru and Guatemala.Five EU states and Canada were among the 35 countries to abstain from voting.In his speech following the vote, Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon said UN members who backed the resolution were being manipulated. “You are like puppets pulled by your Palestinian masters.”Meanwhile U.S ambassador to the UN indicated that the vote disrespects her country.“I must also say today: When we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have expectation that we will be respected. “What’s more, we are being asked to pay for the dubious privileges of being disrespected.”“If our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our investment in other ways. The United States will remember this day,” she added Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas described the result as a “victory for Palestine.” read more

Mr. Ban met with President Elbegdorj Tsakhia at the United Nations headquarters in New York ahead of the high-level debate of the General Assembly, due to start on Tuesday. The UN chief expressed his appreciation for the constructive international role played by Mongolia and its contributions to the Organizations, including to UN peacekeeping, according to a readout of the meeting.Today’s discussions also focused on sustainable development, the post-2015 development agenda and climate change. Mongolia hosted this year’s World Environment Day celebration on 5 June, which focused on reducing food waste and loss. The country was chosen for its efforts to shift towards a green economy in its major economic sectors such as mining and for promoting environmental awareness among youth. According to the UN environmental agency (UNEP), Mongolia faces enormous challenges, including growing pressure on food security, traditional nomadic herding and water supplies as a result of the impacts of climate change.During the meeting with President Tsakhia, Mr. Ban also “welcomed Mongolia’s pioneering role in promoting the needs and issues of landlocked developing countries,” according to a UN spokesperson.The UN chief also praised Mongolia for its role in promoting democracy. The two officials also discussed regional cooperation and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. read more