On Thursday morning, the Security Council held a meeting on non-proliferation, with a particular focus on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo presided over the ministerial-level meeting. You can read more about what was said here.

The General Debate also continued throughout the day, with world leaders delivering their national statements.

For at least one speaker, family came first. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s baby daughter, Neve Te Aroha, was in the building for her mom’s big address.

In other news, a 50 million euro investment was also announced on Thursday, aimed at ending femicide in Latin America, where 1 woman is killed every 2 hours. The latest Spotlight Initiative, a joint effort from the United Nations and European Union will specifically address gender-based violence in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. You can read more about the launch here.

A High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases also took place on Thursday morning. In the Secretary-General’s statement he said that NCDs – including mental health disorders –  have profound effects on societies, with ramifications that extend far beyond health.


A number of other key events drew attention around United Nations Headquarters on Thursday, including:

At the Good Human Rights Stories event, the Secretary-General said that such stories “deserve to be shared – not only to celebrate the achievements of those who made it happen.  But to serve as an example and inspiration for others around the world.”

A Joint Statement was also released by the members of the Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in United Nations Operations.

The Ninth Ministerial meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty took place on Thursday.  In a video message, the Secretary-General warned that “the nuclear peril is very much alive,” and that the international community must do its utmost to address that threat. You can read the text of his full message here.

The VIP Social Media Studio continued to be a hub of activity throughout the day, with world leaders coming through to share their messages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on topics ranging from maternal health to disarmament to climate action.

Check out some of their conversations on Facebook Live:

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia

Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana

Dia Mirza, Actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF

A full video recap of all the day’s events can be found here.

More information about the 73rd session of the UNGA: