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.

World leaders, including the President of Guinee Alpha Conde, at a high-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak.

“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.

New UN human rights chief Zeid (centre) with ministers attending a meeting organized by the UN’s Free and Equal camapaign.

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 of the 2014 Treaty Event, an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

More on Thursday’s events

Still to come on Friday and the weeknd 

The General Debate of the General Assembly continues on Friday. All speeches by delegates at the meeting can be seen live on webcast.

Also taking place on Friday:


On Saturday, Ban Ki-moon will once again join an array of top artists including Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, Fun, The Roots and Tiesto at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park. The performers, along with the thousands of people in the audience, will be there because they have taken action to end extreme poverty. Watch the concert live on cable on MSNBC  or at msnbc.comNBC News will also produce a one-hour primetime special of the event to air in the United States on NBC at 9 p.m. on 27 September. 

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What happened on Monday at the UN General Assembly? Here are some highlights.

The busiest week of the year kicked off on Monday at UN Headquarters and we used our social media platforms to report on the events.  Below are some highlights.

Interpretation booth at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Interpretation booth at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. See more photos in our Flickr set.

Convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, the two-day World Conference on Indigenous Peoples kicked off with delegates and world leaders sharing perspectives and best practices on the realization of their rights, including pursuing the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the General Assembly in 2007.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed Social Good Summit attendees

At the second day of the Social Good Summit, conversations continued on the intersection between technology and social good. See tweets at #2030now.

I'm for Climate Action video on the Reuters building in Times Square

Anticipation for Tuesday’s UN Climate Summit continued to build, with the number of tweets using #Climate2014 continued to rise on Twitter as the “I’m for Climate Action video” played on the Reuters building in Times Square. You can watch the video here:

Find out what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed in his bilateral meetings with world leaders in this listing of readouts posted by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and see photos of the meetings here.

Watch archived video from official meetings, side events, press conferences, stakeouts and more.

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