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What happened at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday? Highlights here

What’s informally called “UN Week” in New York City continued at UN Headquarters and we used our social media platforms to report on the events.  Below are some highlights from Tuesday’s activities.

Behind-the-scenes photo in General Assembly Hall. Credit: UNIC/John Gillespie

Take a look at more behind-the-scenes photos from events taking place at UN Headquarters on Tuesday.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the General Debate and welcomed world leaders to UN Headquarters on Tuesday. Photo credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the annual General Debate, telling world leaders “Nobody can do everything. But each of us, if we are united, in our own way, can do something.” In his remarks, he discussed the full range of issues on the UN agenda, including the crisis in Syria, the fight to end poverty, democratic transitions and much more.

After the morning session, the Secretary-General toasted world leaders at a luncheon. Watch his remarks online.

Participants at a panel organized by UN Women, the United Kingdom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura, and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. Credit: @SayNO_Unite

Participants at a high-level panel on sexual violence prevention called on world leaders for stronger actions to secure justice for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and gender-based crimes.

Joining the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, Sarah Brown and school students from New York, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé visited the New York Stock Exchange to ring the Opening Bell a day before the launch of the Education First initiative.

More updates from the UN News Centre:

Find out what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed in his bilateral meetings with world leaders in this listing of readouts posted by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Watch archived video from official meetings, side events, press conferences, stakeouts and more.

All UN Member States are encouraged to sign or ratify new treaties while in NYC. Here are Tuesday’s Treaty Event updates: 19 treaty actions were taken by 9 Member States resulting in a total of 2 signatures, 9 ratifications, 2 acceptances and 6 accessions.

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