Every September, world leaders and dignitaries from around the world gather in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly “General Debate.” In addition, many high-level, special and side events take place at UN Headquarters and around the city.

The UN’s Department of Public of Information is committed to welcoming individuals around the world to these meetings via its extensive online coverage.

Here are the 8 ways you can join the global conversation.

1. Use the official hashtags #UNGA and #GlobalGoals

Millions of people around the world have signed up for regular updates from the UN’s social media accounts and millions more are talking about UN issues. You can join these discussions by using the official meeting hashtag, #UNGA, across your social media channels. New this year is the custom emoji on Twitter that appears when a user adds the official #UNGA hashtag to his tweet. For the Sustainable Development Goals Summit, we are using #GlobalGoals. Additional hashtags may also be announced for other events as outlined in the image above.

2. Follow united-nations on Snapchat

Let us share our stories on Snapchat with you. Follow “united-nations” and get an inside look at the many exciting happenings in and around the UN Headquarters.

3. Watch the live webcast 

All of the #UNGA Plenary Sessions, and most high-level, special and side events will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org.  Be sure to tune in all week.  Want to know who is speaking when? Check the official lists.

4. Tweet with @UN on Twitter

Following @UN on Twitter is the best way to catch up-to-the-minute news, quotes, behind-the-scenes photos and multimedia products.

5. Get an inside look on Instagram and Flickr

See more visual updates from staff taking part in activities by following @UnitedNations on Instagram.  Flickr photo galleries will be posted when available.

6. Like the United Nations on Facebook

The United Nations Facebook Page shares the top highlights from each day, photo galleries and more.

7. Share your questions 

Some events will be soliciting your questions and comments. These opportunities will be announced on Twitter via the @UN account.

8. Connect with the United Nations in multiple languages and on other platforms

For even more opportunities to engage with the UN in your preferred language and learn more about ongoing work around the world, be sure to our list of selected multilingual accounts and other platforms like Tumblr, Google+ and more.

This year, we are welcoming colleagues normally based in Brussels, Geneva, Mexico City, Rio, Tashkent and Washington, DC to New York City to help expand our social media coverage.  They are pictured below.

Thank you for your interest! Let us know what you think! We would be happy to get your feedback on our coverage. You can contact our team at socialmedia@un.org.

Everyone is encourages to post your own photo at the giant hashtag (compliment of Twitter) located at the visitors entrance!