2019 UNGA Guide

UN General Assembly 2019: What You Need to Know

Every September, diplomacy gets a major moment: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). At UNGA, leaders from around the world come together to discuss challenges that impact our lives and to find ways to solve them together. Here’s what you need to know about UNGA–and why it matters.

When is it? Where is it?

The opening of the next session of UNGA will take place September 17, 2019 in New York City.

September 23 will mark the beginning of “Summits Week” or “High-Level Week” when the UN will host five summits on the issues that matter to our lives: health care, inequality, climate change, poverty, and more.

Quick Facts

Who’s going?

Leaders representing the UN’s member states, the private sector, and advocacy groups will attend. This year, young activists, innovators, and change-makers who are driving climate action will showcase their solutions at the historic Youth Summit and other moments throughout the week.

What happens?

In addition to giving speeches, world leaders will participate in five summits to deliver a fair future for people and planet.

KEY ISSUES TO WATCH AT UNGA

Check out this blog post for more details on UNGA and the big issues that world leaders will tackle during the summits.

Why does it matter?

You may wonder, “What does any of this have to do with me?”

The short answer: A lot. It’s your world at stake.

The long answer: In today’s connected world, global problems need global solutions. The actions and discussions at the UN General Assembly will shape the world we live in.

Diplomacy is not always glamorous or easy. But we know that working together works. Here’s a glimpse of our collective impact:

  • The world has eradicated smallpox and is close to wiping out polio.
  • We’ve fixed the hole in the ozone layer.
  • And we’ve established universal human rights.

The UN is urging countries to come together and step up for our world and our future. We’ve got the plans to get us to a fair future where no one is left out. Now we need leaders to act.

UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin shares how UNGA is a chance to build and catalyze global progress.

Add These Moments to Your Calendar

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Social Good Summit 

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Expected start of speeches by world leaders

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

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