The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commenced on Tuesday.
This is the first in-person gathering since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UN General Assembly is the main policy-making organ of the United Nations.
The 77th regular session will run from Sept. 13 through to Sept. 27 while the high-level week of the gathering will be from Sept. 20 to 27.
At the opening session, Hungarian diplomat Csaba Korosi took over from Abdulla Shahid as the UNGA’s president, and he is to lead the assembly for the next twelve months.
Korosi had served as vice-president of the General Assembly during the 67th session in 2011-2012.
The general debate remains UN’s most prominent event with world leaders and heads of government converging on the organisation’s New York City headquarters for nine days of speeches and meetings.
President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to address the high-level general debate of the session next week Wednesday, TOS NEWS reports.
Heads of states and governments from 193 Member States will speak on the theme “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges” centering on COVID-19 and interconnected crisis to Climate Change and Global Goals
High-level events will include the annual sustainable development goals (SDG) moment, the transforming education summit, the commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the declaration on the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, a high-level plenary to commemorate and promote the international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, and other side events will take place at this year’s session.
Korosi in his remarks at the opening session, called on world leaders to work together and focus on what will unite the world.
He promised to stand firm on the principles of the UN Charter.
Speaking on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, he said: “The conflict in Ukraine has become a turning point for all of us. This war must be stopped. It kills people, development, nature and dreams of millions of people.”
Korosi also offered his condolences to the UK over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.