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.
 

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Pandemic worsened inequalities, exposed true essence of unjust global order, Cuba tells UN

Addressing world leaders gathered for the first fully in-person high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in three years, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the true essence of the unjust and unsustainable prevailing international order.

‘The story of 2022 is freedom fighting back’ against aggression, UK Prime Minister Truss says in UN speech

With a full-scale war of aggression under way in Europe, the General Assembly was meeting this year “in a new geopolitical era that demands those who believe in the principles of the United Nations to stand up,” according to Elizabeth Truss, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ukrainian President outlines peace formula that punishes aggression, restores security

Russia must be punished for its “illegal war” against Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday – part of a “peace formula” that also calls for greater civilian protection and defense support. 

As global economic crises ‘pile up’, Ghanaian leader says it's time for urgent attention

It was doubtful that any generation of Earth’s inhabitants has ever witnessed “such a perfect storm of global economic chaos, a war with global consequences, and an unwillingness or inability to find a consensus to deal with the catastrophe,” the President of Ghana told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

At UN, Iran’s leader decries West’s ‘double standard’ towards country’s nuclear programme

Taking the rostrum at the annual United Nations General Assembly, Iran’s President decried as a great injustice the “double standard” exhibited by Western nations towards what he described as his country’s peaceful nuclear activities.

Libya working towards a democratic transformation, President tells UN

Libyan President Muhammad Yunus Al-Manfi told the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that as it moves towards building a State of institutions and establishing principles of democracy, his country has through a decade of “pain and hope”.

Africa is doing its part but must do more, says Rwandan President Kagame

Referring to a world in a state of turbulence, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Wednesday called for multilateral cooperation and efforts to address intersecting crises, including climate change, food price inflation, conflict and migration. 

Biden denounces Russia’s ‘shameless violation’ of UN Charter, urges world to stand with Ukraine

Strongly denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, United States President Joe Biden warned United Nations Member States on Wednesday that “if a nation can pursue imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this great institution stands for.”

World falling ‘far short’ of pledge to protect minority rights: Guterres

The world is falling “far short” of commitments made three decades ago to protect minority communities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, appealing for concrete action to counter this neglect.