Today marks the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York. World leaders and representatives from 193 countries will come together to work on an agenda full of critical issues, including counterterrorism, Ebola, global women's issues, and much more.
On Wednesday, September 24, President Barack Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly. The First Lady will also attend. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly. Afterward, the President will attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Later in the afternoon, the President will chair a United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters. Throughout the week, Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings with his foreign counterparts and participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action.
It will be a busy week, but you can follow all the action by ‘liking’ the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Facebook and get the latest updates on events in New York via @StateDept, @USUN, and @State_IO on Twitter. Check out photos from UNGA on Flickr and Instagram, and watch events live on video.state.gov/live or on-demand on YouTube.
We approach each new General Assembly in the context under which the Assembly was established nearly seven decades ago: to foster a more peaceful world, and to promote development and human rights. What issues do you think are most important for leaders to address at the UN General Assembly this year?
About the Author: Megan Mattson serves as the Senior Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.