Monday is the first day of what is commonly referred to as “UN Week” in New York City. We’ll be using our social media platforms extensively this week to let you know where you can watch what’s happening online and to report on what’s taking place.
Here are a few events taking place on Monday:
Member States will take part in the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development with the theme: “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond.” While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent a concerted effort to address global poverty, there is a striking gap in the current MDGs and their inclusion of persons with disabilities. Follow @UN_ENABLE, @WHO, @UN, #HLMDD and #Thisability for updates on Twitter throughout the day. Watch live online.
Also expected to be on hand is UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder who recorded the above video in support of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities saying it should be “signed, sealed and delivered by all countries, for everyone’s sake.”
Also on Monday, Heads of State and Government, the President of the General Assembly, business CEOs, philanthropists and civil society leaders, as well as top UN and World Bank leadership will take part in an all day high-level forum to catalyze and accelerate further action to achieve the MDGs. Follow @WeCanEndPoverty, #MDGSuccess for updates on Twitter throughout the day. Watch live online.
At 4 pm, there will be an unveiling ceremony for the winner of the UN Slavery Memorial design competition. Meet the judges in the above video. The Memorial will serve as a reminder of the legacy of the slave trade. It will provide future generations an understanding of the history and consequences of slavery and serves as an educational tool to raise awareness about the current dangers of racism, prejudice and the lingering consequences that continue to impact the descendants of the victims today.
Ahead of October’s launch of the Malala Fund that aims to deliver the power of education to help girls find their voice and unlock their potential, as part of the Social Good Summit Malala Yousoufzai will answer questions on Twitter for the first time ever. She’ll talk about about the Fund and why just one year after she was shot, she is continuing to stand up for girls everywhere. Use #MalalaFund to send questions and tune in at 2:30 pm NYC time at @MalalaFund.
You can also watch press conferences, stakeouts and more live online.
In addition, there are many other side events scheduled. Check out the Daily Journal (PDF) for updates and location information.
- Official General Assembly website
- UN Webcast: Live coverage of meetings — also includes on-demand videos of past events.
- Follow @UN, @UN_Spokesperson and #UNGA on Twitter (plus more specialized and multilingual accounts).
- Get news recaps all day long from the UN News Centre
- Who is speaking when? Check out the lists of speakers in the UN Daily Journal.