The General Assembly of the United Nations opens its seventy-second session on Tuesday, 12 September, at 3 p.m., at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open on Tuesday, 19 September, and run through Monday, 25 September.
The general debate will be followed by a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, 27-28 September 2017, when high-level representatives are expected to assess achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Plan of Action.
I stand before you with gratitude for your support across the decade I have had the privilege to serve this great organization, the United Nations.
In taking the oath of office in December 2006, I pledged to work with you for “we the peoples” With the Charter as our guide, and the dedication of the staff, we have achieved much together.
I also stand before you with deep concern.
Gulfs of mistrust divide citizens from their leaders. Extremists push people into camps of “us” and “them”. The Earth assails us with rising seas, record heat and extreme storms. And danger defines the days of many.
One hundred and thirty million people need life-saving assistance. Tens of millions of them are children and young people — our next generation already at risk.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Monday, 19 September 2016 – World leaders came together at the United Nations General Assembly today to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which expresses the political will of world leaders to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Member States saying: “Today’s Summit represents a breakthrough in our collective efforts to address the challenges of human mobility.” He said the adoption of the New York Declaration will mean that “more children can attend school; more workers can securely seek jobs abroad, instead of being at the mercy of criminal smugglers, and more people will have real choices about whether to move once we end conflict, sustain peace and increase opportunities at home.”
The United Nations General Assembly will convene the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September to guide the development of a global approach to addressing large movements of persons across international borders. The political declaration adopted at the Summit will strengthen the commitment to ensuring the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants, and will set in motion a process to create a more predictable, systematic and equitable way of managing international migration for the future.
It is the first time that world leaders are coming together at the United Nations to address both issues of refugees and migrants. It is an historic opportunity for the world to agree on a better response to large movements of refugees and migrants at a time when we are witnessing an unprecedented level of human mobility.
The number of international migrants today is higher than ever before. In 2015, 244 million people lived in a country other than where they were born, including more than 20 million refugees and asylum-seekers escaping violence or persecution in their home countries.
The Department of Public Information’s press kit for the 68th General Assembly is now available on the UN website in all six official languages. This year marks a new era for the press kit. For the first time, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and be environmentally friendly, DPI, with the agreement of the President-elect of the General Assembly, is only publishing the kit electronically, both on the General Assembly website and via the print-on-demand PaperSmart portal.
Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of Continue reading →