Every year in September, all 193 members of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly at the organisation’s headquarters in New York.
The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the UN, where several international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace and security, international law are discussed.
This year’s assembly which starts on September 17, has climate change, universal health coverage and the politics of sustainable development, on the agenda.
There will also be meetings on financing for development, elimination of nuclear weapons and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ghana will occupy the first seat in the Hall for this year’s session, including in the main committees, followed by all the other countries, in English alphabetical order.
General Debate begins
The General Debate session kicks off Tuesday, with several heads of stae lined up to speak.
This year’s theme for the debate is ‘‘Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion”, in line with the priorities set by the president of the General Assembly, Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations.
A voluntary 15-minute time limit for statements is to be observed in the general debate.
Since the 10th session of the General Assembly in 1955, Brazil has always been the first member state to speak in the general debate, followed by the United States of America as the host country. Other members then follow, based on the level of representation, preference and other criteria such as geographic balance.
The African heads of state scheduled to speak on Tuesday include;
- His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President, Egypt
- His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso
- His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President, Republic of Angola
- His Excellency Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda
- His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President, Republic of the Niger
- His Excellency Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi, President, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- His Excellency Macky Sall, President, Republic of Senegal
- His Excellency Saad-Eddine El Othmani, Head of Government, Kingdom of Morocco
African presidents set for General Assembly
African heads of state including Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, Egypt’s Adel Fattah el-Sisi, Senegal’s Macky Sall and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi are already in New York for the General Assembly.
#RDC 22.09.19 #NewYork Le Chef de l’État prend part en marge de la 74 ème Session de l’Assemblée Générale des @UN, à une réunion conjointe organisée par les @UN et la Banque Africaine de Développement @AfDB_Group avec les Chefs d’État et de Gouvernement des pays africains. pic.twitter.com/IOtMzl3czv
— Présidence RDC 🇨🇩 (@Presidence_RDC) September 22, 2019
We look forward to the robust discussions on the various multilateral engagements which are scheduled to take place over the next few days at the 74th United Nations General Assembly. #TeamSA #UNGA #UNGA74 pic.twitter.com/UInPxfiBTq
— Minister Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) September 22, 2019