The UN General Assembly meetings are divided into annual sessions which start every year in late September. The latest session, the 74th, began on 17 September. The sessions then run for almost a year. The 73rd session has just come to a close - its President H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, recently visited UNA-UK to talk to NGOs and civil society.
However, the phrase UNGA is often used as a synecdoche for the “annual general debate” and sometimes the “high level plenary meeting” that take place in weeks 2 and 3 of the session. Week 2 is often referred to as “UNGA week” because this is when world leaders make speeches. In addition, important announcements and events involving high-profile participants such as CEOs and celebrities are timed to take place during this week.
One of the largest meetings of world leaders annually, UNGA week is an important part of the diplomatic calendar, providing ample opportunities for negotiations and discussions in the corridors of the UN headquarters.
This year’s theme “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion” was chosen by the new President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad Bande.
The theme if often broad in order to avoid constraining leaders’ speeches. UNGA week tends to attract disproportionate media attention, but the real work of UNGA takes place during the rest of the year, so we strive to support journalists and the public in continuing to follow the more substantive developments at the UN throughout the year.