World leaders and heads of government delegations have gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the annual General Assembly – the highest organ of the UN structure.
Presidents, Prime Ministers and leaders of delegations will be presenting their statements starting today – September 25. As part of our coverage of proceedings, we present ten key points about the ongoing summit.
1 – The 73rd session opened on 18 September 2018 and is expected to run till early next month
2 – The session is presided by Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, of Ecuador.
3 – The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the United Nations.
4 – The General Debate according to the UN runs from 25 September to 1 October.
5 – The General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues.
6 – The theme for the 2018 general debate is the same as that of the General Assembly.
7 – The theme is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.”
8 – The UN has honoured two African giants. South African Nelson Mandela and Ghana’s Kofi Annan. Mandela with a statue and Annan with a tribute at the opening ceremony.
9 – The General Assembly is uniquely the only branch of the UN structure in which all Member States have equal representation: one nation, one vote.
10 – In all, 193 Member States of the United Nations are represented in this unique forum to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues.