72nd session of the UNGA - What to expect

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Staff Members in New York are gearing up for the 72nd session of the General Assembly, which opens on 12 September under the presidency of Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia, and the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”.

The first session of the General Assembly took place in 1946. Issues ranging from the crime of genocide and the principles of international law to refugees and the establishment of the World Health Organization were on the agenda. Items on the provisional agenda  of the 72nd session include global governance and migration; sustainable development and climate change; human rights and human dignity; modernizing the United Nations and strengthening the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Here is an overview of what to expect:

11 September – Closing of 71st session
12 September – Opening of 72nd session
13 September – Meeting of the General Committee to consider the provisional agenda and the supplementary list and to make recommendations to the General Assembly.
18 September – High-level meeting  on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse: building momentum for change. This is an event convened by the Secretary-General.
19  to 25 September – General Debate; Brazil will be the first speaker followed by the United States.
26 September – High-level meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
27 to 28 September – High-level meeting  on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Useful Links:

1. General Assembly of the United Nations
2. President of the General Assembly
3. Ask Dag: FAQs about the General Assembly
4. Research Guide to General Assembly Documentation
5. UNGA Press Kit