The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commenced at the UN headquarters in New York.
The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly
) commenced at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, marked by a significant theme: "Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all."
This year's event boasts an impressive lineup, with 140 heads of state and government scheduled to attend. Among them, six vice presidents, four deputy prime ministers, and 30 ministers of state are set to deliver remarks on behalf of their nations.
On the inaugural day of the event, world leaders adopted a political declaration. The declaration's primary goal is to facilitate the implementation of the 17 sustainable development goals that fell short of meeting the 2015 Baseline when they were initially announced.
Among the other topics expected to be discussed during the assembly are Russia's ongoing conflict in Ukraine, devastating floods in Libya, the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, recent earthquakes and wildfires, multiple coups across the African continent, economic instability, the crisis in Haiti, climate change concerns, and political crises in Latin America, among others.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield emphasized the significance of this year’s event stating, "The week is an opportunity for smaller countries for the world to lay out their priorities in front of us. I don't see the week as being a competition between big powers."
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky will be physically present at the event. US President Joe Biden
stands as the sole leader among the permanent five members of the UN Security Council to attend. French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Russian President Vladimir Putin
will not be in attendance.
Furthermore, private one-on-one sessions between UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
and representatives from Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey are expected to take place.
Guterres spoke the importance of addressing those who abuse their authority to restrict democracy, stating, "It is extremely important to fight those that are abusing their authority to limit democracy."