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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Global economy a ‘two-lane highway’, says Kenyan President during UN speech

In his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, William Samoei Ruto, the President of Kenya, described the global economy as an unequal, “two-lane highway”, adding that the lack of global justice and solidarity had been exposed by “existential crisis” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denouncing Russia’s war in Ukraine, German Chancellor calls for upholding rules-based global order

The international community cannot stand by as a major power uses violence to expand its borders, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, calling on Member States to uphold the founding purposes and principles of the Organization.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ‘tramples on the UN Charter’ says Japanese Prime Minister

More than 75 years have passed since the establishment of the United Nations as a guardian of global peace, “we are still witnessing the devastation in Ukraine and around the world”, said Japanese Prime Minister, Kishida Fumio, during his speech to the UN General Assembly.

DR Congo President denounces ‘aggression’ by Rwanda, calls on UN to support African-led mediation

The major challenges facing humanity “complex and interlocking,” Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said on Tuesday evening, while he also noted that the DRC had faced decades of 'agression' at the hands of a neighbouring country. 

Central African Republic President calls for protecting the environment

The current session of the UN General Assembly provides a “solemn opportunity” to consider common challenges that are of serious concern to the future of humanity, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR) told the global gathering on Tuesday.

Macron condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a ‘return to imperialism’, calls on UN to support path to peace

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a return to “imperialism” and said that those who remained silent or were “secretly complicit” were engaging in a “new cynicism” that was eroding the global order.

Türkiye: Ukraine grain export deal among UN’s greatest recent accomplishments

The landmark agreement to export grain out of war-torn Ukraine is among the UN’s greatest accomplishments in recent decades, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the General Assembly on Tuesday. 

Irrational war on drugs, destruction of the Amazon, expose humanity’s failures, Colombia’s Petro tells UN

During his first speech at the General Assembly as the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro said that the world’s addiction to money, oil and carbon is destroying the rainforest and its people under the excuse of a “hypocritical” war against drugs.

New platform highlights women’s leadership in tackling global challenges

Women Heads of State and Government meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Tuesday have highlighted how women’s full and effective participation and decision-making are crucial to addressing global priorities. 

Domestic action lays foundation for addressing global challenges, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells UN

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro kicked off the annual high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly citing his nation’s achievements in addressing an array of challenges including public health, economic recovery and sustainable development.