What happened on Wednesday? Here are some highlights
The busiest week of the year continued on Wednesday at UN Headquarters and we used our social media platforms to report on the events. Armed with mobile phones and cameras, our social media team and UN Photographers attended events on Wednesday to capture some behind-the-scenes photos. Read on for more highlights.
- The General Assembly’s annual General Debate continued on Wednesday with political leaders and senior Government officials holding discussions on shaping the world’s next development agenda, which will aim to protect the planet and promote equity, justice and prosperity for all people.
- Get recaps of all the remarks from the UN News Centre
- See who spoke on Wednesday and get links to the full remarks
- Follow #UNGA
At a special event organized by President of the General Assembly John Ashe, world leaders agreed to take bolder action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and called for a summit to take place in 2015 to adopt the next set of anti-poverty goals, which will heavily focus on achieving sustainable development.
- Related website: Millennium Development Goals
- New MDGs video outlining progress made
- See hashtags #MDGs, #MDGMomentum and @WeCanEndPoverty
Dignitaries, activists and education leaders, including Malala Yousoufzai, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Global Education First Initiative at a special event to stress the need for stronger leadership and financing to deliver on the pledge made a year ago to provide all children with quality education.
Twenty years after countries agreed to boost efforts to protect and promote human rights an international framework is now in place and progress has been made, but implementation in many countries is still lacking, UN officials said on Wednesday at a special event to mark the anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights, held in the Austrian capital in 1993.
- More information from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- See hashtags #Rights2015, #UNRightsat20 and follow @UNRightsWire
At the annual Treaty Event, 40 treaty actions were taken by 26 States. Six States participated at the level of Head of State, 3 at the level of Head of Government, 15 at the ministerial level, and 2 at the level of Permanent Representative.
There were a total of 4 accessions, 3 consents to be bound, 3 provisional applications, 9 ratifications, and 21 signatures.
With 18 countries signing onto the Arms Trade Treaty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “It is of particular significance that the largest arms exporting country in the world, the United States, is now also among those countries who have committed themselves to a global regulation of the arms trade.”
General Assembly quick links
- Official General Assembly website
- UN Webcast: Live coverage of meetings — also includes on-demand videos of past events.
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- Who is speaking when? Check out the lists of speakers in the UN Daily Journal.