Monday, 18 November 2019

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The General Assembly

Inside the General Assembly

front page boxOn Tuesday, 13 September, the 66th session of the General Assembly will commence at UN Headquarters, bringing together leaders from all 193 Member States. The logistics require careful planning, most of which starts months in advance of the opening day.

In this week’s In Focus we’ve spoken with the UN Chief of Protocol in order to hear what happens behind the scenes at the GA. We also look at what is on the agenda this year and what being a member of the world’s biggest club mean to the member states.

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1 The inside to the GA
2 Being a Member of the World’s Biggest Club
3 Obesity on the agenda as world leaders gather in New York
4 No room for error

3 questions to Kiyo Akasaka

The World in a Day - Behind the Scenes with the UN Secretary-General


    • The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations

    • The General Assembly consists of all the 193 members of the United Nations

    • The Assembly meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year

    • The Assembly has allocated items relevant to its work among its six Main Committees

    • The president of the 66th General is Assembly is Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, a Qatari diplomat

    • The European Union has been granted higher participation status in the General Assembly