Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Dozens of world leaders have gathered this morning at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the start of the General Assembly’s annual General Debate, to discuss global issues ranging from climate change, poverty and sustainable development to terrorism, human rights and humanitarian crises.
More than 120 heads of State or government are slated to speak between today and next Tuesday, with the theme of this year’s General Debate being the role of mediation in the settlement of disputes.
Representatives of all 193 UN Member States, as well as the Holy See and Palestine, will address the General Debate. This includes the newest UN Member State – South Sudan.
Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the debate with speeches this morning.
(UN Press Release)