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What can be anticipated from the upcoming United Nations General Assembly as world leaders converge? | United Nations News


Sep 18, 2023

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is set to address key issues such as the climate crisis and the war in Ukraine during its 78th session. The High-Level General Debate, which is the most-watched event on the UN’s annual calendar, provides global leaders with an opportunity to outline their priorities, encourage cooperation, and criticize opponents. This year’s general debate is themed “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: 2030 towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.” The UNGA President, Dennis Francis, aims to prioritize strengthening multilateralism and equal opportunity. Leaders expected to attend include Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, US President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Notably, Biden will be the only head of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in attendance, as the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron will be absent due to scheduling conflicts. The discussions during the general debate are expected to cover a wide range of topics, including efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, climate change, China’s influence at the UN, ongoing conflicts in Africa, and global humanitarian crises. The general debate precedes the UN Climate Change Summit COP28 in Dubai and a Climate Ambition Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The themes of this year’s UNGA address the need for multilateralism, peace, security, climate action, and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The General Debate can be watched live on UN Web TV.

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