Many of the photos taken during the world’s largest international diplomatic event never find their way into the public domain. The UN Social Media team has selected some of these photos for this article.

In the opening photo you see Amal Clooney in an all red dress while she leaves the Security Council Chamber as Members of the Council are meeting on threats to international peace and security.

During the General Debate, Ms. Clooney visited the UN Social Media Space as well together with Alistair Burt, UK Minister for the Middle East and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad – who survived trafficking at the hands of ISIL (Da’esh).

They spoke about the inquiry for justice and ISIL’s attack on the Yazidis.


State Luncheon

A State Luncheon, hosted by Secretary-General António Guterres for the Heads of State and Government, Vice-Presidents and Crown Princes/Princesses participating in this session of the General Assembly, took place on the first day of the General Debate.

SG luncheon

Mr. Guterres, here on the right, speeches during the luncheon for his audience. Afterwords he sat down at the table pictured in front of him, next to the President of the United States of America Donald Trump and the King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein.

When the Mr. Guterres was recently asked what it takes to be a good diplomat, he said patience, patience and patience.

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, is seen here in the photo below with Gabriela Michett, Vice President of Argentina, outside the General Assembly Hall, on the first day of the Assembly’s General Debate.

President of France Macron

United Nations assists Member States to promote the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities within a broad mandate provided by the World Programme of Action, Standard Rules and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Including more persons with disabilities in the workforce could boost GDP by an estimated 7 per cent per year – that’s over 7 trillion per year.

Till date 173 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Gender empowerment

About a year after former president of the United States of America Barack Obama described himself as a feminist, Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (pictured below) was present at a new EU-UN Gender initiative, where Secretary-António Guterres called gender equality largely a problem of power.

Coster-Waldau Danish actor producer and screenwriter

Coster-Waldau, the Danish actor, producer and screenwriter, has been named United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador to raise awareness and support United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, an action to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.

When Coster-Waldau visited the UN Social Media Space earlier this week together with his two daughters, he said “I want my daughters to grow up in a world with equal rights”.

The host country

The United Nations Headquarters is hosted by the United States of America, of which Donald Trump is the 45th and current president. The president of America, pictured below, is seen here addressing the General Assembly – while the North Korean space on the right is empty.

Donald Trump

The United Nations and the United States desired to conclude an agreement to establish the seat of the United Nations in the City of New York in 1946. The agreement was signed in Long Island New York, in the town of Lake Success, on 26 June 1947, and approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations, on 31 October 1947.

Interpreters at the UN

Interpreters play an invaluable role in fostering dialogue and cooperation among United Nations Member States. For those working at the highest levels during the General Debate or meetings of the Security Council are expected to recognize, understand and – in a split second – have a word in another language for any one of a myriad of issues.

Pictured below is a teleprompter booth. In their ‘office’ they have a broad view of the General Assembly Hall.


During the General Debate the range of interpretation subjects is broad. Member States representatives discuss politics, legal affairs, economic and social issues, human rights, finance and administration.

Brazil starts the General Debate

Member States address the General Assembly during the General Debate generally in random order. Pictured below Michel Temer, President of Brazil, sitting in a chair just before his address to the General Assembly.

Michel Temer

After the President of the General Assembly has opened the meeting, Brazil is always the first Member State to speak since the 10th session of the General Assembly, in 1955. The United States of America as the host country is the second Member State to speak.

Signing Ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres is here seen meeting Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, just before the signing ceremony for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a new attempt towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

Michel Temer

After the ceremony, which took place on the 20th of September, 42 countries signed the Treaty, with more expected later in the week. The Treaty will enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries.

The press

Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press (print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media) who represent a bona fide media organization.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

Here the press is lined up for Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, responding to the speech delivered earlier by the President of the United States to the seventy-second session of the General Assembly.