Seven ways to follow the #UNGA online

Just some of the many UNGA hashtags for the 69th session

Every September, leaders from around the world gather in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly “General Debate.” In addition, many high-level, special and side events take place at UN Headquarters and around the city.

The UN’s Department of Public of Information is committed to welcoming individuals around the world to these meetings via its extensive online coverage. Here are the 7 ways you can join the global conversation.

Use the Official Hashtag #UNGA

Millions of people around the world have signed up for regular updates from the UN’s social media accounts and millions more are talking about UN issues. You can join these discussions by using the official meeting hashtag, #UNGA, across your social media channels. Additional hashtags may also be announced for other events as outlined in the image above.

Watch the Live Webcast 

All of the #UNGA Plenary Sessions, and most high-level, special and side events will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org.  Be sure to tune in all week.

Tweet with @UN on Twitter

Following @UN on Twitter is the best way to catch up-to-the-minute news, quotes, behind-the-scenes photos and multimedia products.

Get an Inside Look on Instagram and Flickr

See more visual updates from staff taking part in activities by following @UnitedNations on Instagram.  Flickr photo galleries will be posted when available.

Like the United Nations on Facebook

The United Nations Facebook Page shares the top highlights from each day, photo galleries and more.

Share Your Questions 

Some events will be soliciting your questions and comments. These opportunities will be announced on Twitter via the @UN account.

Connect with the United Nations in Multiple Languages and on other platforms

For even more opportunities to engage with the UN in your preferred language and learn more about ongoing work around the world, be sure to our list of selected multilingual accounts and other platforms like Tumblr, Google+ and more.

Thank you for your interest! Let us know what you think! We would be happy to get your feedback on our coverage. You can contact our team at socialmedia@un.org.

Secretary-General to return to Global Citizen Festival

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on stage with UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on stage with UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder

Extreme poverty is unfair, unnecessary, and unjust. The world’s poor are working hard to lift themselves out of poverty and they’re having great success at it. But all too often it’s the actions and assumptions of some that trap others in systems that keep them poor.

This week UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he will once again join “global citizens” in Central Park later this month raising their voices to tell a story that doesn’t get told nearly enough: that contrary to popular belief, over the past 20 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved and we can see its end in our lifetime.

The Global Citizen Festival on 27 September seeks to unite people who share our vision. It’s a platform to leverage new commitments for the world’s poor and it’s a moment to unite the American public on their role in the fight. This year, attendees have taken thousands of actions to secure commitments that will affect the lives of 50 million people.

Take a look a footage from last year’s concert UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder introduced the Secretary-General on stage:

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For the first time ever, the Festival will air live on television with MSNBC carrying the full concert on cable and msnbc.com. In addition, NBC News will produce a one-hour primetime special of the event to air in the United States on NBC at 9 p.m. on September 27.

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