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.

Violence against the LGBTI community: UN focuses on ‘need to challenge hatred’

As the United Nations celebrates 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a high-level event on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) persons around the world, heard event moderator and Executive Director of OutRight Action International, Jessica Stern, describe the challenges facing the community as nothing short of a “global crisis”.

UN Chief joins world leaders in calling for greater investment in Africa’s young people

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday joined world leaders in calling for greater investment in jobs for young people in Africa, calling them the continent’s “greatest asset.” 

Denouncing US decision to pull out of nuclear deal, Iranian President says talks can resume, but threats and sanctions must end

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday strongly denounced the United States’ decision to withdraw from the 2015 international nuclear deal and said President Donald Trump’s actions to weaken or undercut global institutions showed total disregard for international order.

Multilateralism is ‘under siege’ in a world where ‘collective response’ is vital: Deputy UN chief

When it comes to tackling migration, climate change or seemingly intractable conflicts, the doctrine of collective responsibility, embodied by the UN, is the only way forward, according to Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. She spoke to Conor Lennon, who asked her what should be done to strengthen multilateralism.

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Fight against climate change presents ‘fantastic opportunities’: UN Environment chief

A focus on the benefits of fighting climate change is one of the best ways to engage more people, according to Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Conor Lennon asked Mr. Solheim, at UN Headquarters in New York for the General Assembly High-Level week, what needs to be done to make climate change a day-to-day political priority.

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At UN Assembly, Mexico says world headed back to isolationism, protectionist systems

Addressing world leaders on the first day of United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, warned against isolationism and protectionism, and urged on UN Member States to counter the troubling trends by bolstering multilateralism.

Jordan calls on UN Assembly to take ‘collective action’ over Middle East crisis; Syria conflict

King Adbullah II of Jordan told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that “challenges do not make collective action and mutual respect less important,” and spotlighted the need for all countries to “pull together to get [the Middle East] peace process back on track.”

Pursue comprehensive, just solutions instead of managing crises, Qatari Amir tells world leaders at UN Assembly

The international community needs to go beyond “managing crises” and instead pursue comprehensive and just solutions, guided by international law and norms, if it is to achieve global security and stability, the leader of Qatar said at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

South Sudan: amid security challenges, aid workers delivering ‘against the odds’

Mayen is South Sudanese. He was forced to flee his home when the conflict started in 2013. Five years later, his voice is resonating in one of the conference rooms of United Nations Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly.

Peacekeeping expectations ‘far outstrip resources’: UN chief

“Expectations for peacekeeping have so far outstripped its resources,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told Heads of State and Government on Tuesday, as he opened a High-Level meeting marking the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping operations, at UN Headquarters in New York.

Photos From UN General Assembly 73rd Session