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A recap of Monday’s highlights at the #UNGA

World leaders adopted the New York Declaration during the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale. The document contains bold commitments both to address current crises and to prepare the world for future challenges. It also included an important step: bringing the International Organization for Migration (IOM) into the UN system. At the Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new campaign called “TOGETHER — Respect, safety and dignity for all,” telling world leaders that “refugees and migrants are not to be seen a burden; they offer great potential, if only we unlock it.” The United Nations social media team welcomed UN officials and world leaders to the “VIP Social Media Space.” One example is Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who went live on the United Nations’ Facebook Page. Check out more Facebook Lives here: President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís Phumzile Miambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees Another key announcement was the introduction of the first class of global young citizens who taken outstanding leadership in the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Young Leaders will support efforts to engage young people in the realization of the SDGs both through strategic opportunities with the UN...

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Coming up at the #UNGA on Monday

The week starts with lots of action at United Nations General Assembly as leaders from all over the world come to the UN Headquarters to discuss issues that matter to all. The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on Monday marks the first time that world leaders have come together at the UN to address issues affecting both refugees and migrants. At the Summit, countries are expcected to make bold commitment to protect the rights, safety and dignity of refugees and migrants everywhere. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also expect to launch a new campaign called “TOGETHER — Respect, safety and dignity for all.”  See how his special adviser, Karen AbuZayd, previewed the campaign live on Facebook. History will be made when the International Organization for Migration (IOM) officially becomes a related organization of the UN. At this year’s UN Global Compact Private Sector Forum, some of the top minds in business will come together with government leaders to examine the role of business in advancing sustainable development to prevent global instability. Young people will also have their voice as 17 global citizens recognized for their outstanding leadership in the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals are named.  They will work with the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth on efforts to engage young people in the achievement of the SDGs both through strategic opportunities and through their existing initiatives, platforms and networks. More information Official General Assembly...

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Star Power Lights Up Sustainable Energy for All

  Providing clean, sustainable energy to the 1.1 billion people currently without now has a new champion; a champion with a loud voice and global reach. Akon, R&B star and founder of the Akon Lighting Africa initiative, teamed up with Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) this week in New York, lending his voice to the cause and participating in the second annual SE4All Forum. On the sidelines of the Forum this week, SE4All and Akon held a press conference to underscore the importance of universal energy access, as well as the other SE4All goals on doubling the improvement rate...

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Recap for Thursday at the UN General Assembly and what’s still to come

The busiest week of the year continued on Thursday at UN Headquarters and we used our social media platforms to report on the events.  Below are some highlights.  See all our behind the scenes photos in our Flickr gallery. “We come together today in solidarity with the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as they face the largest and most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a High-level Event on Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak which aimed speed up the global response to the outbreak that has evolved from a public health crisis into a threat to peace and security. Hashtag: #EbolaResponse New website Foreign ministers met to discuss anti-homophobia efforts at an event organized by the UN’s Free and Equal Campaign. All week, delegates and UN staff have been taking photos to show support for LGBT rights at a photo booth set up in the lobby of the General Assembly building. Hashtag: #freeandequal The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed British fashion designer Victoria Beckham as its International Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on women and children affected by the virus. Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force. The milestone was announced Thursday at a joint ceremony held as part...

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Coming up at the UN General Assembly on Thursday

See all our behind the scenes photos in our Flickr gallery.  The General Debate of the General Assembly continues on Thursday. All speeches by delegates at the meeting can be seen live on webcast. A breakfast session of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group will showcase the successes of the eight Millennium Development Goals to deliver a healthier, equitable and more sustainable future, and will launch the MDG Advocates’ Leaders Report. Follow the event on Twitter using #mdgmomentum and #mdgleaders. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene world leaders for a High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak at 11 a.m. The meeting aims to mobilize an exceptional response to contain and stop the spread of the virus, treat those who are infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent outbreaks in other countries. Since Securetary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Zero Hunger Challenge two years ago, a broad range of countries businesses, groups and individuals have taken bold action to eliminate hunger. A high-level event on Thursday at 1.15 p.m on Delivering Zero Hunger will provide a platform for Zero Hunger champions to demonstrate impact, showcase transformative partnerships and innovative actions, and announce new commitments. The hashtag is #ZeroHunger and you can follow @ZeroHunger on Twitter and like the Zero Hunger Challenge on Facebook for updates. At 3 p.m., a high-level event  on “Partnering for Results: Delivering for Every Woman & Every Child Within a Generation” will showcase...

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