Special Coverage of the 74th General Debate
24 September-30 September 2019
As world leaders gather in New York in the coming days, the curtain will rise on the busiest diplomatic season of the year at United Nations Headquarters.

Here, UN News gives you a front row seat to all the action during the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment, known as the general debate. This year, the debate will run alongside a series of key summits and meetings, guided by the UN’s landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), seeking to boost action on climate change and accelerate progress on sustainable development:
♦ 21 September – Youth Climate Summit;
♦ 23 September – Climate Action Summit and the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage;
♦ 24 and 25 September – Sustainable Development Goals Summit;
♦ 26 September – High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development;
♦ 27 September – Small Island Developing States.

Patriotism must have global dimension, says EU’s Donald Tusk

The suggestion by some earlier this week at the UN that there is an immanent conflict between patriotism and globalism “is false and dangerous, even if it has many followers and powerful propagators,” European Council President said on Thursday.

DR Congo President outlines vision for a ‘more representative’ UN Security Council

With Africa at the centre of many global challenges, it is time for the continent to have a seat in the UN Security Council, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told world leaders on Thursday.

At UN, Abbas rejects Israeli ‘arrogance’, vows to terminate all agreements if Palestinian territory is annexed

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday denounced what he called “arrogance and aggression” by the Israeli Government and called on the United Nations to push harder for the two-state solution to resolve the conflict.

Elimination of nuclear weapons ‘only real way’ to allay fear of a constant threat, Guterres insists

Progress made in reducing the danger posed by nuclear arsenals has not only come to a halt, “it is going in reverse”, and any use of a nuclear weapon in the future would ignite “a humanitarian catastrophe.” 

UN chief sets out roadmap to ‘raise ambition’, fund sustainable development

In his opening remarks to the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, held at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday, UN chief António Guterres outlined his roadmap for financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s blueprint for the transition to a healthier planet and a fairer world.

As ‘the last European divided country’, Cyprus President tells Assembly UN is ‘the only way forward’

The past 45 years of “unacceptable status quo” has prevented lasting peace and stability in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

Mali President outlines achievements and challenges since 2015 peace deal

A 2015 peace deal for Mali has led to a “progressive return of trust between parties”, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday evening.

Libya facing ‘serious crisis’ fueled by outsiders bent on dividing the county, UN Assembly told

Libya is experiencing “a serious crisis because of negative foreign interference,” Faiez Mustafa Sarraj told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday evening.

At UN, Colombia’s Duque stands behind peace process, vows to stamp out narco-terrorists

Vowing to carry forward Colombia’s peace process, President Iván Duque outlined for delegations gathered for the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, his country’s efforts to disarm ex-combatants, protect the Amazon and root out drug traffickers and narco-terrorists.

Sustainable development summit a reminder of ‘the boundless potential of humanity’

The first UN summit on the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development closed on a hopeful note, with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed declaring that the two-day event had been a reminder of “the boundless potential of humanity to create a better future for all”.

PHOTOS FROM 74th UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

 

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