77th United Nations Assembly: introduction to the key pillars

Sep 20, 2022 | Articles, Publications |

After two years of UN General Assemblies held at a minimum due to the Covid19 pandemic, 193 heads of state from around the world and various actors from the international community and civil society are meeting at the seventy-seventh (77th) session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from 16 September. This is a key moment for defining and agreeing on the challenges facing the international community at a time of widespread global instability. 

The problems that are presented as the main pillars of this forthcoming Assembly have in common their global nature and this highlights the need for the United Nations to reinforce itself as the main multilateral forum for resolving problems of global scope. The main objective of this 77th Assembly will be to define a new coordinated and common roadmap to address future global economic, political, social and environmental challenges.

On this occasion and for the next twelve months, the Hungarian diplomat Csaba Kőrösi will take over the presidency of the Assembly. Kőrösi offers a commitment to multilateral action that is key to the resolution of peace conflicts and, in particular, to the Ukrainian conflict and environmental sustainability. 

Some relevant topics to be discussed during these days will be, among others, the celebration of the “Education Transformation Summit” where the debate on key initiatives around learning, financing, digital transformation, inclusiveness of education will be on the table, at a time of great educational losses due to the extended conflict and the effects of the pandemic. 

Another pillar of the Assembly will be the discussion around the progress, progress and next steps to be made in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals defined for 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals Moment will be key to redefine the new path towards the SDGs. 

Finally, GATE will closely follow the conclusions reached at the Senior Officials’ meeting on minority rights at a time when minorities suffer from many barriers that limit the possibility of exercising their full citizenship. In fact, they are currently being used politically in many conflicts, such as in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Myanmar or Yemen, among many others. 

That is why, in addition, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, it is more necessary than ever to claim the need to grant full and real rights to minorities. 

In the coming weeks, GATE will follow the progress of the 77th ASSEMBLY, and we will provide an analysis examining the conclusions and agreements generated.

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