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 Wednesday’s activities.

UN General Assembly Hall lobby. Take a look at more behind-the-scenes photos from events taking place at UN Headquarters on Wednesday.

The annual General Debate continued. See what your world leader told his or her peers here:

At the launch his Education First initiative, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said:

“Every one of us stands on the shoulders of our teachers, our communities, our families who believed in us and invested in our education. We are here today because we know every child everywhere deserves that same chance.”

The launch, which was attended by Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, UN officials, chief executive officers of major corporations and representatives from civil society, was followed by a discussion of the initiative’s goals. Among the panellists are Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan, Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar, and youth representative Charles Young of Jamaica.

Handover of Commodities Commission report to the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Photo posted by @UNFPA

Members of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children unveiled a new plan and set of recommendations to improve the supply and access of life-saving health supplies. Despite impressive reductions in maternal and child mortality in the past decade in some countries, millions of women and children still die every year from preventable causes.

Top officials (including UN Women’s Michelle Bachelet and UNDP’s Heraldo Muñoz), UN staff members and ambassadors to the UN took 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.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization Goodwill Ambassasdor Carl Lewis was on hand to announce the winners of the Future Policy Award celebrating the world’s best ocean and coastal policies.

More updates about Wednesday’s events 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 Wednesday’s Treaty Event updates: 29 treaty actions were taken by 12 Member States and one non-Member State (Holy See) resulting in a total of 10 signatures, 7 ratifications, 2 acceptances, 9 accessions, and 1 declaration.

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