On Tuesday, the annual General Debate got underway in the General Assembly Hall. Dozens of speakers took to the famed rostrum to deliver statements covering a wide range of pressing issues.

In his address, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Despite the chaos and confusion of our world, I see winds of hope blowing around the globe.”

Read more about what the Secretary-General told his fellow leaders.

At the outset of the General Debate, the Assembly reflected on what the Global Goals mean for people all over the world.

Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

An event focusing on the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (#A4P) initiative also took place on Tuesday, drawing attention to both the achievements and challenges of peacekeeping around the world.  Read more about that event here.

A range of leaders also took the opportunity to stop by our VIP Social Media Studio.

President of France Emmanuel Macron, live from the UN General Assembly.

See what our VIP visitors had to say:

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League

Catherine McKenna, Foreign Minister for Environment and Climate Change of Canada

Nyle DiMarco, Celebrity, Deaf Activist

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