OPENING OF THE 69TH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

General Assembly 2Each September, after summer holidays, the United Nations becomes a hub of activity again with the meetings surrounding the opening of the General Assembly which this year takes place on September 16. The new president of the Assembly, Sam Kahamba Kutesa, comes from Uganda and is currently Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. He proposed as the theme of the 69th session: ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.’ He said this underscores the need to agree on the post-2015 agenda and also ensure its implementation. He emphasized the need “to address the means of implementation, in terms of financial resources, technology development, transfer and capacity-building,” including a strengthened global partnership. Kutesa also expressed commitment to reaching a global agreement on climate change, and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Each year another region has the opportunity to choose a candidate for presiding over the General Assembly. Then the 193 member states draw lots to see which delegation will occupy the first seat. This year it will be Cuba. Other states will follow in English alphabetical order.

Monday, 22 – Tuesday, 23 September High-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Monday, 22 September
1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Special session of the General Assembly on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development
Tuesday, 23 September “Climate Summit 2014” convened by the Secretary-General
Wednesday, 24 September “General Debate” (statements from any of the 193 members who wish)

General Assembly Committees, at which NGOs are present and active, begin on October 7.

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