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.

News in Brief 24 September 2018

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At UN, countries pledge to be guided by Mandela’s legacy in working for a better world

The United Nations General Assembly on Monday honoured Nelson Mandela with a pledge to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which the former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner stood.

Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief

The United Nations focused a global spotlight on the world-wide drug problem during a high-level counter-narcotics event on Monday in which Secretary-General António Guterres flagged that this “is personal.” 

Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

With three-quarters of the population requiring some form of basic assistance to survive, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, now in its fourth year, has reached unprecedented levels of need. On Monday, ahead of the United Nation’s 73rd General Assembly high-level debate, a special event will focus on the humanitarian response across the country, its major achievements and its daily challenges, in an attempt to galvanize more international support.

UN News Daily Guide: Mandela Peace Summit, Global Goals, Youth and Yemen

As the United Nations enters its biggest weeks of the year with a plethora of events, speakers and leaders’ meetings, UN News will be preparing a daily guide to help you navigate what’s going on and keep abreast of the world-changing decisions that are made in the hallways of UN headquarters in New York. 

‘We need support’: UN Peacekeeping chief

UN peacekeepers are facing increasing threats: fatalities are the highest in a generation, equipment is often inadequate, and political processes in many places are fragile or absent. 

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Financing the 2030 Agenda: What is it and why is it important?

António Guterres launches his strategy to finance the 2030 Agenda to put the world on a more sustainable path, this 24 September, ahead of the General Assembly’s annual general debate.

UN chief seeking ‘renewed commitment’ to global rules and values, as world leaders head to New York

UN chief António Guterres on Thursday called for a “renewed commitment to a rules-based global order” and to the organization he leads, highlighting his key themes for discussion during the High-Level week of the General Assembly, beginning on Monday.

6 things to know about the General Assembly as UN heads into high level week

Every year, in September, global leaders and change-makers gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for two weeks, to discuss the burning issues of our time and set the global agenda for the year ahead. The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened this week and the body’s annual high-level segment – formally known as the ‘general debate’ – begins on Tuesday, 25 September, where every country’s leader gets to address the world.

Senior WHO official calls for ‘urgent action’ to end tuberculosis by 2030

Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis by 2030, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, releasing its latest Global Tuberculosis Report. The deadly disease remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, even though it’s fully treatable, Dr. Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme, told Anton Uspenskiy of UN News, calling for more global action.

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Photos From UN General Assembly 73rd Session