Special Coverage of the 73rd General Debate
25 September-1 October 2018

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. Follow monarchs, presidents and prime ministers, as they define global responses to many of today’s pressing challenges, including climate change, international migration, protracted conflicts, and extreme poverty and hunger.

World ‘cannot remain indifferent’ as millions suffer, Guinea‑Bissau President tells UN Assembly

“We cannot remain indifferent to so much suffering and despair,” the President of Guinea-Bissau urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly, drawing attention to the millions killed and displaced by conflict and fear.

Fresh peace deal, commitment to multilateralism, open ‘new chapter’ in Ethiopia Foreign Minister tells UN

At the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Workneh Gebeyehu, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Ethiopia, hailed a recent peace deal with Eritrea, calling for the UN Security Council to lift its sanctions on the neighboring country in “light of these important and positive developments.”

On day three, of UN Assembly debate, Israel and Palestine put sharp focus on complexities thwarting peace

As the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate reached its halfway mark on Thursday, one of the world’s longest-running and most intractable crises, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, almost as old as the UN itself, came into stark relief under the same roof with the two sides laying out diametrically opposed positions that have bedeviled peace efforts for over 70 years.

Bangladesh ‘disappointed’ at lack of progress in alleviating plight of Rohingya, Prime Minister tells UN Assembly

The world cannot ignore or remain silent over the plight of the Rohingya people – driven from their homes in Myanmar and sheltering in Bangladesh – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, urging world leaders for an early and peaceful solution to the massive refugee crisis.

Now is the time for cooperative leadership, not nationalist rhetoric, Spain’s Prime Minister says at UN

The world is facing enormous global challenges, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Prime Minister of Spain, told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, underscoring that these times “do not need nationalist or non-inclusive rhetoric.”

At UN, Himalayan nations, at forefront of climate impact, outline threats to their unique ecosystems

Addressing world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Nepal urged greater international focus on the developing world to ensure they are able to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), remarking that it is these nations that will be the “battleground on which the 2030 Agenda will be won or lost.”

More unity, ‘collective action’ needed to maintain international order, EU leader tells UN Assembly

Rules-based international order is under “great strain,” Donald Tusk, President of the European Council of the European Union (EU), told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, saying that his organization is “fighting intensely” to preserve it.

‘We do not need superheroes,’ the world expects its leaders to tackle global ills, Indonesian vice-president tells UN

With collective will, compassion and humanity, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly Hall have what it takes to deal with complex and worsening global challenges, the Indonesian Vice-President declared on Thursday.

At UN, Jamaica urges partnerships to tackle climate impacts, economic fragility in small islands

Galvanizing an effective global fundraising campaign to address climate change and achieve sustainable economic growth is key for small island developing States, Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, told world leaders at the seventy-third United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

At UN, St. Vincent and Grenadines’ Prime Minister eschews ‘illiberal intolerance,’ calls for global cooperation; multilateralism

The world is at a “decisive crossroads,” Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, told leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate on Thursday.

Photos From UN General Assembly 73rd Session