UN General Assembly 73 (2018) UNGA 73

The 73rd UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) opens for its 193 member countries at UN Headquarters in Midtown East, Manhattan on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

The high-level General Debate starts Tuesday, September 25, 2018 and ends about two weeks later on Friday, October 5, 2018. The big shots come in this second week.

During the General Debate, traffic in Midtown East is terrible and security is tight. Expect street closures and no parking. It’s better to avoid driving in Midtown East at this time.

73rd UN General Assembly (UNGA 73)

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María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés

Ecuadorian poet and diplomat María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is UNGA 73 President-elect.

She is the first Latin American woman to lead the Assembly, and the fourth woman ever to do so. She has published five books of poetry and is an Ecuadorian National Poetry Prize winner (1990).

We have great hopes for her experience in government negotiations on human rights, indigenous women and climate change.

UNGA 73 Theme

“Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies”

Global Goals Week and Climate Week NYC
September 22 – 29, 2018

Nelson Mandela Peace Summit
Monday, September 24

Fight Against Tuberculosis
Wednesday, September 26

Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
Thursday, September 27

72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

UNGA 72 President

The 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) opens at UN Headquarters in Midtown East on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 3pm. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is convened for the entire year.

The UN General Debate is two weeks from September 12 – 25, 2017. The big shots come in this second week.

Slovack diplomat Miroslav Lajčák was elected president of the 72nd UN General Assembly on May 31, 2017. He is a three-term Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia.

Lajčák’s priorities for his presidency are:

  1. Making a difference in the lives of ordinary people
  2. Prevention and mediation for sustaining peace
  3. Migration
  4. Political momentum for the SDGs and climate
  5. Human rights and equality, including equal opportunities for genders
  6. Quality of events organized by the Presidency

UNGA 72 Agenda

  1. Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and recent United Nations conferences
  2. Maintenance of international peace and security
  3. Development of Africa
  4. Promotion of human rights
  5. Effective coordination of humanitarian assistance efforts
  6. Promotion of justice and international law
  7. Disarmament
  8. Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
  9. Organizational, administrative and other matters

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