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Sep 14, 2021

76th United Nations General Assembly begins in New York today

Foreign Affairs News Correspondent
The General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarter where the world leaders gather.
The General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarter where the world leaders gather.

The 76th U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) officially opens today– September 14, in New York, as some world leaders and diplomats begin to converge on the world’s largest diplomatic event.

The General Assembly shall meet every year in regular session commencing on the Tuesday of the third week in September, counting from the first week that contains at least one working day.

The General Assembly meets annually in regular session, intensively from September to December, and resumes in January until all issues on the agenda are addressed – which often is just before the next session starts

According to the UN sources, the number of diplomats and delegation attendance is expected to be higher than last year. However, many countries are attending virtually. The UN has restricted the number of delegations to five people each nation which was only two people last year.

As the UN GA got a new President — Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives who will take over the charge from Turkey’s Volkan Bozkir the beginning week will be only formal events, the sources added.

However, the world will focus their eyes on the general assembly next week as according to the agenda, world leaders take turns addressing the body during the General Debate.

US President Joe Biden would be making his first address to the UN in person on Sept. 21 as confirmed by the White house on Monday.

The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

Keeping with tradition, Brazil will make the first address and other leaders of the world will speak daily until September 27.

All 193 members of the United Nations are members of the General Assembly, with the addition of the Holy See and Palestine as observer states.