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General Debate at the UN General Assembly


General Debate at the UN General Assembly
General Debate at the UN General Assembly
Tue, 19. September 2017 - Mon, 25. September 2017


The United Nations General Assembly opened its 72nd session on 12 September 2017, with an emphasis on striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.

“The UN was created for people,” Miroslav Lajčák said in his first address as President of the General Assembly. “The people who need the UN the most are not sitting in this hall today. They are not involved in the negotiation of resolutions. They do not take the floor at high-level events. It is one of the tasks of the General Assembly to make sure that their voices can still be heard.”

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As the main deliberative Organ of the United Nations the annual General Assembly general debate brings together the 193 member states of the Organisation. The theme of the general debate of the 71st session was  “The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world."

Following the conslusion of the 71st general debate, DGACM gathered statistics relating to the high-level segment and issued a synopsis of the general debate, highlighting the trends and issues. For more, see here.

Related Documents

  • A/72/150 - Provisional agenda of the 72nd session (13 July 2017)
  • A/BUR/72/1 - Organization of the seventy-second regular session of the General Assembly, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items (12 September 2017)
  • A/71/966 - Draft programme of work of the plenary for the seventy-second session of the General Assembly (28 June 2017)
  • Resolutions of the 72nd Session




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