General Assembly

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.

Bring the United Nations closer to the people, urges Assembly President in her inaugural speech

The new session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on Wednesday with its President pledging to use her year in office to bring the world body closer to the people and strengthen their sense of ownership and support for the UN.

In a complex world, ‘we need to take the right road’: outgoing General Assembly President

The outgoing UN General Assembly President, Miroslav Lajčák, called on the global community on Monday to remain steadfast in support of multilateralism, reiterating that it is the only way to address the complex and growing challenges facing the world.

Keeping order in the General Assembly: The strange saga of how a Viking gavel was broken, then lost, then carved again

If you’re a keen observer of the United Nations General Assembly, you may have noticed the body’s President wields a very unusual looking gavel. It is a gift from Iceland, and there’s a very interesting story behind it.

‘Pioneering’ former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially appointed new UN human rights chief

The United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday approved the nomination of former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September.

Sand and dust storms, a 'human well-being' issue, says high level panel

From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. However, with stronger collaboration and improved information-sharing, much of the risk could be managed and mitigated, a UN meeting heard on Monday.

Ecuadorian politician and poet becomes fourth woman to preside over UN General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday elected Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of its upcoming 73rd session; only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first since 2006.

‘Save peace while it lasts,’ says General Assembly President, ahead of UN summit on sustaining peace

The world needs a new approach to peace, which is why the United Nations General Assembly will hold a major meeting next week to discuss ways to foster peace by focusing on conflict prevention, mediation, dialogue and diplomacy, the 193-member body’s President has said.

News in Brief 26 December 2017

UN budget for the biennium 2018-2019

The UN General Assembly on Sunday approved a nearly $5.4 billion budget for the Organization for the biennium 2018-2019.

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UN General Assembly helping to carry climate action forward

During the high-level debate in the UN General Assembly, more than 80 per cent of world leaders mentioned climate change in their speeches: an indication of the “urgency” of this issue.

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