The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is live in New York and people have questions. Will the US continue its recent trend toward isolation? Will the President and Secretary of State meet with Iranian leaders? Will nuclear talks with North Korea advance? What progress (if any) will there be with the conflicts in Yemen and Syria? How will nations make the UN relevant for all people? What developments will come of the 73 rd Session of the UNGA? The UN members are focused on the general debate of ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ Collective Global Goals include focus on education, climate change, and economic sustainability worldwide. More details can be found here.
What else to look for at UNGA? There will be a moment of silence for the beloved Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, at the opening of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly. New attendees who are making some waves include, Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. This 38-year-old is the youngest female world leader whose agenda includes more multilateralism and international action on global warming. The UN Children’s Fund invited BTS, a famous K-Pop boy band and Lily Singh of YouTube fame to promote job training for young people. It is certainly an event to watch!
Dates: 18 September – 5 October 2018 Watch the UNGA live, http://webtv.un.org/ Follow it on Twitter, @UN #UNGA Find general information including the agenda, high-level meetings, resolutions, general debate, OCHA-led side events and UN webcast check out: http://www.un.org/en/ga/