Recap for Thursday at the UN General Assembly and what’s still to come
The busiest week of the year continued on Thursday at UN Headquarters and we used our social media platforms to report on the events. Below are some highlights.
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“We come together today in solidarity with the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as they face the largest and most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a High-level Event on Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak which aimed speed up the global response to the outbreak that has evolved from a public health crisis into a threat to peace and security.
- Hashtag: #EbolaResponse
- New website
Foreign ministers met to discuss anti-homophobia efforts at an event organized by the UN’s Free and Equal Campaign. All week, delegates and UN staff have been taking photos to show support for LGBT rights at a photo booth set up in the lobby of the General Assembly building.
- Hashtag: #freeandequal
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus.
Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force. The milestone was announced Thursday at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event, an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.
More on Thursday’s events
- At high-level event, UN officials call for end to death penalty
- Lauding global success in fighting hunger, Ban Ki-moon urges sustained commitment
- Update on Every Woman, Every Child event: Improving health of women, children ‘moral imperative’
- Ban Ki-moon tells South Sudan leaders to heal suffering they caused
- Ban Ki-moon calls on Libyan parties to forge consensus, safeguard democratic transition
- As Millennium Development Goals near deadline, Ban Ki-moon urges global leaders to ‘finish the job’
- From earlier in the week: The United Nations had a fashion show, and it was actually good
Still to come on Friday and the weeknd
Also taking place on Friday:
- “Strengthening United Nations Peace Operations” Summit. Hashtag: #PeaceOpsSummit
- Ban Ki-moon will open a Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Ministerial Meeting at 3 p.m. Follow the event on Twitter: @ctbto_alerts
- At 3.30 p.m., there will be a high-level meeting on the Central African Republic.
On Saturday, Ban Ki-moon will once again join an array of top artists including Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, Fun, The Roots and Tiesto at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park. The performers, along with the thousands of people in the audience, will be there because they have taken action to end extreme poverty. Watch the concert live on cable on MSNBC or at msnbc.com. NBC News will also produce a one-hour primetime special of the event to air in the United States on NBC at 9 p.m. on 27 September.
General Assembly quick links
- 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).
- Who is speaking when? Check out the lists of speakers in the UN Daily Journal.