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Special Coverage of the 77th General Debate
20 September – 26 September 2022

The stage is set for the general debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. As the world has begun to emerge from the worst of the pandemic, the debate will be held largely in-person, with world leaders heading to NY to deliver their statements in the iconic Assembly Hall.

Here, UN News gives you a front row seat to all the action. From your mobile phone or computer, follow Heads of States and Governments as they define responses to the world's most pressing challenges and take part in high-level discussions on transforming education, tackling the global food crisis, marking the 30th anniversary of UN Declaration on the rights of minorities, and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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INTERVIEW: New General Assembly President will seek every opportunity to build trust

The incoming President of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, has said that the world is suffering mightily from a lack of trust, and while planning to do all he can to move the needle forward on a host of global challenges – from the climate crisis to the war in Ukraine and food shortages – he will also use his mandate leading the UN’s most representative body to help restore trust among nations and strengthen confidence in the international system.

Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, presides over the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-seventh session on the final day. .
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In a world of new challenges, ‘we need to build on what unites us’, Assembly President tells UN Member States

After a week of discussions on Member States’ priorities, challenges and impacts, the high-level portion of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly concluded on Monday, with the presiding official observing that the sheer number of participants indicated the importance of the General Debate in international affairs.

Kim Song, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-seventh session.
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DPRK lashes out against international system governed by ‘exclusive Western values’

The Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the UN said on Monday that global security is in its worst state since the Second World War, owing to the high-handedness of some countries attempting to replace the international order centered on the UN system with one “governed by unilateral and exclusive Western values”.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed attends the 2022 Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park. The festival is an annual music event where fans take actions toward ending extreme poverty in order to earn free tickets.
UN Photo/Manuel Elías

‘We need all hands on deck!’ The world’s ‘to-do list’ is long and time is short, UN deputy chief tells Global Citizen Festival

Every problem we face is a problem that we created – so it’s a problem we can solve together, declared UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Saturday, rallying the crowd gathered in New York’s Central Park for the 2022 Global Citizen Festival to keep holding their leaders accountable: with hope and action, a world free of hunger and poverty is possible.

Jean Victor Geneus, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Haïti, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-seventh session.
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Haiti needs ‘robust support’ to quell gang violence and ease political tensions, Foreign Minister tells UN

Escalating gang violence has set off a crisis that is threatening “the very foundations of the rule of law” in Haiti, according to Foreign Minister Jean Victor Geneus, who told UN delegates in New York on Saturday that the authorities’ efforts to maintain order and ease ongoing political tensions could only succeed with robust international support.