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Expect updates on the following events — and more — on Wednesday:

Delegates in the General Assembly Hall

Delegates in the General Assembly Hall. More behind-the-scenes photos.

The General Debate continues on Wednesday, with heads of states and governments addressing their peers and the global public in UN General Assembly Hall. The debate will be webcast live starting at 9 a.m. NYC time.  See who’s expected to speak in the lists of speakers in the UN Daily Journal.

Concurrently, a ministerial meeting on the Sahel will take place (watch live at 10 a.m. NYC time). According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, sporadic rains, poor harvests and insecurity have affected or put at risk 18.7 million people in nine countries. Over 1.1 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition while conflict in northern Mali has forced over 425,000 people from their homes, often into areas already grappling with food shortages.  See if you can make a difference by visiting these websites:

  • World Food Programme
  • OCHA

The Secretary-General’s will launch his Education First initiative at 1:15 p.m. NYC Time (watch live). In a recent piece in the Huffington Post,  he outlines why this issue is close to his heart:

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I want every child, without exception, to have the same sense of opportunity that I had. The power of education to transform lives is universal. When you ask parents what they want for their children — even in war zones and disaster areas — they seek the same thing first: education. Parents want their children in school.

Follow @UNedufirst and #EducationFirst for updates.

At 1 p.m.  top officials (including UN Women‘s Michelle Bachelet and UNDP‘s Heraldo Muñoz), UN staff members and ambassadors to the UN will take part in a friendly football/soccer match against President of Bolivia Evo Morales’ team in support of the Secretary General’s campaign UNite to End Violence Against Women.  Follow @SayNo_Unite@UNDPLive and #matchUNiTE for updates.

At 3 p.m., the Security Council will meet to discuss the situation in the Middle East (watch live).

Also in the afternoon, there will be a “mini-summit” on Somalia, featuring the Secretary-General and friends of Somalia (watch live at 3:30 p.m. NYC).

Members of the Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group will meet on Wednesday afternoon – follow @wecanendpoverty for updates.

General Assembly quick links