UN General Assembly, 23-26 September 2019

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Reports, analyses and information on the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74), which gathered world leaders from across the world in September 2019.

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Every year in September, world leaders gather in New York in order to discuss primary issues and make recommendations. The theme of this general debate was 'galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion'.

During the 74th UN General Assembly, the European Union (EU) and its member states put their focus on three mutually reinforcing priorities:

  • conflict prevention, peace and security;
  • a common positive agenda, including the protection of human rights;
  • engagement on global challenges such as migration, digitalisation and counter-terrorism.

One of the high level events in the margins of the General Assembly was the UN Climate Action Summit, which was held on 23 September. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, reaffirmed in his speech the EU's determination to lead the fight against climate threat.

During the UN Climate Action Summit 66 countries have signaled their intent to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

The annual UN General Assembly, that gather heads of state and government, opened on 24 September. Each of world's leader spoke with a time limit of 15 minutes. Climate change and regional conflicts were among the main topics discussed.

The event came as tensions rose in the Middle East over attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. US and Saudi Arabia accused Iran to be responsible for this attacks, while Iran denied this allegations. French President Emmanuel Macron tried to organise a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rohani but failed to make that happened as tensions accelerated. Hassan Rohani said that any negotiation under sanctions would not be followed by Iran.


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Commentary and Analysis
The Guardian, 23/09/2019: What is the point of the UN general assembly? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/23/what-is-the-point-of-the-un-general-assembly
BBC News, 23/09/2019: What is the United Nations and what does it do? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49796807
Politico, 24/09/2019: New York’s failing climate summit https://www.politico.eu/article/new-yorks-lackluster-climate-summit/
Euro|topics, September 2019: Greta's tirade at the UN Climate Summit https://www.eurotopics.net/en/227462/
Euro|topics, September 2019: Iran key topic at UN General Assembly https://www.eurotopics.net/en/227465/
The Economist, 24/09/2019: Much talk, and a little action, at the UN climate summit https://www.economist.com/international/2019/09/24/much-talk-and-a-little-action-at-the-un-climate-summit
Deutsche Welle, 24/09/2019: UN Climate Action Summit: Surprise guests and harsh words https://p.dw.com/p/3Q86R

EurActiv, 24/09/2019: UN climate summit, day #2: Few announcements in the end – ‘How dare you’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/un-climate-summit-day-2-few-announcements-in-the-end-how-dare-you/
Politico, 23/09/2019: ‘Nature is angry,’ warns UN chief https://www.politico.eu/article/nature-is-angry-warns-un-chief/
Deutsche Welle, 23/09/2019: Greta Thunberg to UN: 'You've stolen my childhood with your empty words' https://p.dw.com/p/3Q6ZH
EurActiv, 24/09/2019: Russia formally joins Paris climate pact https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/russia-formally-joins-paris-climate-pact/
Foreign Policy, 24/09/2019: Trump Takes Center Stage at U.N. Summit https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/09/24/trump-takes-center-stage-at-u-n-summit/
Politico, 25/09/2019: UN summit day #3 : SDGs in the spotlight https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/un-summit-day-3-sdgs-in-the-spotlight/
Euronews, 26/09/2019: Five key points from day two of this year's United Nations https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/25/watch-live-world-leaders-speak-at-second-day-of-un-general-assembly
France 24, 24/09/2019: Trump attacks globalism at UN, while putting pressure on Iran https://www.france24.com/en/20190924-trump-globalism-un-nuclear-iran-venezuela
The Guardian, 25/09/2019: Iran’s president rejects nuclear talks before sanctions are lifted https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/25/irans-president-rejects-nuclear-talks-before-sanctions-are-lifted
Euronews, 25/09/2019: Watch back: World leaders speak at UN General Assembly 2019 https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/24/live-un-general-assembly-2019-world-leaders-gather-for-general-debate

European Council: UN General Assembly, New York, 23-26/09/2019 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-summit/2019/09/23-26/
European Council: Speech by President Donald Tusk at the UN Climate Action Summit, 23 September 2019 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/09/23/speech-by-president-donald-tusk-at-the-un-climate-action-summit/
United Nations: News, 23/09/2019: Actions not words: what was promised at the UN’s landmark climate summit? https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1047112
United Nations: News, 23/09/2019 : Greta Thunberg tells world leaders ‘you are failing us’, as nations announce fresh climate action https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1047052
United Nations: UN Climate Action Summit 2019 https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml
European Council: Address by President Donald Tusk to the 74th United Nations General Assembly, 26 September 2019 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/09/26/address-by-president-donald-tusk-to-the-74th-united-nations-general-assembly/
United Nation: News, 26/09/2019: As ‘the last European divided country’, Cyprus President tells Assembly UN is ‘the only way forward’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1047672

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