Hundreds of meetings. Thousands of world leaders, dignitaries, special guests, experts and media. Countless way for you the join the action. The 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York is underway.

This essential social guide will help you make sense of what’s happening and show how you can join the conversation.

1. Use the official hashtags
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 conversations by using the official meeting hashtag, #UNGA, across your social media channels.

The tag is even outfitted with its own UN symbol emoji, thanks to support from Twitter.

Other official hashtags being used this year include #GlobalGoals, #Youth2030 and #A4P, among others.

2. Like the United Nations on Facebook…
…and watch our Facebook Live. It’s a fun, engaging way to connect with the UN. On our United Nations Facebook Page we will share the top highlights from each day, photo galleries and more.

3. Follow @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.

4. Take a look at our Instagram posts & stories
See behind-the-scenes snaps of all the action by following @UnitedNations on Instagram.

5. Watch the live webcast
All the #UNGA plenary meetings as well as many high-level, special and side events will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org. Be sure to tune in! Want to know who is speaking when? Check the official lists.

6. Share your thoughts
Your questions and comments are welcome! Keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for opportunities to share your thoughts.

7. Connect with the United Nations in multiple languages and on other platforms
For even more opportunities to engage with the UN in multiple languages and to learn more about our work around the world, be sure to check out our list of selected multilingual accounts and other platforms like LinkedIn, Weibo, Tumblr, Google+ and more.

Thanks for taking part in one of the biggest political events of the year. To reach us directly, contact us at socialmedia@un.org.