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.

Embrace migrants, value their contributions, urges Lesotho Prime Minister at UN Assembly

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Lesotho highlighted the opportunities offered by migration and called on the international community to adhere to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

We stopped migration with a €1billion border fence – Hungarian Minister tells General Assembly

Hungary had proved wrong arguments that migration is impossible to stop by securing its borders with a €1 billion (about $1.16 billion) fence, the country’s Foreign Minister told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate.

Humanity has ‘no choice’ but to unite in the face of global threats, Chadian minister underscores at UN Assembly

Humanity has “no choice” but to work together to rise to global threats and challenges in a manner based on universal values upon which the United Nations was built, the foreign minister of Chad, a land-locked nation in central Africa’s Sahel region, told world leaders gathered at the General Assembly’s annual debate.

Standing together to oust terrorists, Iraqis prevented a ‘historic catastrophe’ from occurring, Minister tells UN Assembly

Speaking from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of Iraq said ISIL is “breathing its last breath”, and urged world leaders to continue to stand with his country as it works to usher in a future of promise and prosperity for all its people.

At UN Assembly, Saudi Minister highlights his country’s efforts to further international peace

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, highlighted the recent landmark peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea as an example showcasing his country efforts to promote international peace and security.

Libya calls for more international support, coordinated through the United Nations

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Libya called on the international community for more assistance on Friday, stressing that a coordinated response was needed, channelled through the United Nations.

On Day four of UN Assembly debate, leaders from vulnerable island States turn out in force to plead for climate action

From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, leaders from island States most threatened by global warming took the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, the fourth day of its annual general debate, to plead for increased aid to resolve a problem not of their making and call for reform of a financial quirk that punishes them for the progress they make.

Myanmar ‘resolutely rejects’ ICC ruling on Rakhine; voices ‘serious concerns’ over UN human rights report

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate, a minister from Myanmar “resolutely rejected” an International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling in connection with the country’s restive Rakhine state, underscoring that the tribunal has “no jurisdiction over Myanmar whatsoever.”

Malaysian Prime Minister paints dismal world picture, underscores need for UN reform

In the 15 years since he last addressed the General Assembly, little has changed in the world and it is in far worse shape now than it was then, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad lamented in his speech to world leaders gathered at the United Nations.

Path to solving global challenges ‘is clear;’ it will take a strong UN to lead the way, Denmark tells General Assembly

All parts of the United Nations “must embrace this opportunity to change and create real improvements to the benefit of the people,” Ulla Tørnæs, Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation, said on Friday, stressing that the world body’s Member States had thrown their support behind the Secretary-General's ambitions reform agenda and now it was time to make those proposals a reality.

Photos From UN General Assembly 73rd Session