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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A mother and child leave Lviv's main train station in Ukraine.
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In turbulent times, ‘work of the United Nations is more necessary than ever’: Guterres

The past year has been one of deep and interlocking crises that are growing in scale and severity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, citing the persisting COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the deepening climate crisis as challenges that extend beyond borders, and which have made the work of the United Nations more vital than ever.

UN General Assembly Hall (file)
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UNGA77: 5 key things to know about the upcoming General Assembly session

With just a few weeks to go until the opening of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, the UN diplomatic community, as well as residents of New York City, are bracing for the annual arrival of Heads of State and Government from around the world, after two years of disruption wrought by COVID-19. Many details are still to be confirmed, but here are five things to look out for between 12 and 27 September.