73RD SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY: “MAKING THE UNITED NATIONS RELEVANT TO ALL PEOPLE: GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PEACEFUL, EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES.”

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UN GA Hall:  UN Photo

The General Assembly (GA,) which is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN,) draws equal representation from all Member States of the organization. Each year, leaders of the 193 Member States of the UN from around the world gather at the Headquarters in New York for the GA. The 2018 General Assembly, also the 73rd session, took place from 18 September to 5 October with the theme; “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.” The General Assembly, which is led by a president, is the main “deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN on matters such as; overseeing the budget, the appointment of the Secretary General and non-permanent members of the security council,” and many more roles. It is worth noting that for the fourth time in the 73-year history of the UN, the GA is being led by a woman, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Ms. Garcés who is currently the Ecuadorian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility was elected the 73rd President of the GA on 5 June 2018. Presidency of the GA rotates regionally among Member States on yearly basis. This is an elective position.

In her opening speech of the 73rd session of the GA, Ms. Garcés pledged to use her office to bring the global organization ‘closer to the people and strengthen their sense of ownership and support for the UN.’

Below were some of the high-level meetings which took place during the 73rd session of

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Ms. M.F.E. Garcés

the UN GA:                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                              Learn more:

Six things to know about the 73rd session of the UN GA: https://bit.ly/2NtsVOD

Do you know what your country said to other world leaders? Watch the UN General Debate: https://bit.ly/2xTRc5K

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