The 73rd General Assembly session got off to a fast start on Monday morning with the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. In his statement, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “We need to face the forces that threaten us with the wisdom, courage and fortitude that Nelson Mandela embodied.”
With the help of K-pop band BTS and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lilly Singh, the Secretary-General also launched the UN’s new Youth Strategy (#Youth2030) on Monday. “I want the UN to become a leader in working with young people: in understanding their needs, in helping to put their ideas into action, in ensuring their views inform our processes,” the Secretary-General said.
VIP Social Media Studio
The VIP Social Media Studio was also a bustling hub of activity throughout the day, with dozens of world leaders stopping by to go Live on Facebook. Check out their conversations:
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