69th Session of the UN General Assembly gets underway
World leaders will make history this month when they gather at the UN for the 69th Session of the General Assembly. We’ll be watching and using this blog to help you find out what’s happening. To get you started, here are some quick links.
- Official General Assembly website
- Preview from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
- Biography of incoming president, Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa (Uganda)
- 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).
- Many highly-anticipated events will take place on issues including climate change, indigenous issues, education, the Ebola response and much more.
Starting on 22 September we’ll be posting daily updates about major events taking place, behind-the-scenes content only available on social media and details about how to take part in events on social media platforms.
Stay tuned for updates!
In the mean time, here’s one interesting fact: ahead of every session, lots are drawn to determine which country will be seated at the first desk to the right of the President. For this session, Cuba’s lot was drawn, and the other Member States then are seated in alphabetical order according to their English-language name.
More about the functions and powers of the General Assembly.
How does your country participate in UN activities and what have they said at past General Assembly meetings? Check out Member States on the Record.