One Cool Thing: UN General Assembly Kicks Off

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Yesterday, the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) officially opened, and the  General Debate amongst its 193 Member State representatives will begin next week. UNGA is tasked with not only addressing matters of human rights and international law in “economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields”; it also determines the organization’s annual budget. Incoming UNGA President Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives explained the agenda for this session as: “Building resilience through hope – to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainability, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations.” 

 

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also introduced the Our Common Agenda report to help make those objectives a reality, with what he calls “multilateralism with teeth.” The report includes stronger, more robust approaches to climate change, global vaccinations, youth development, and nuclear and cyber security.

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