Four things to know about the 77th UN General Assembly

Here are four essential things to know about this global high mass which intends to regain its luster after two years of health crisis induced by the Covid-19 pandemic:

1. A Hungarian at the head of the UN General Assembly

A new session means a new President of the General Assembly. The new president, Hungarian Csaba Kőrösi, took over from his predecessor, Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, at the closing ceremony of the 76th session of the General Assembly held on Monday. The first plenary of the 77th session will take place this Tuesday afternoon (New York time).

Mr. Kőrösi has held several positions in his country’s foreign ministry, his most recent being director of environmental sustainability in the office of the President of Hungary.

He has worked on UN issues for several years. Mr. Kőrösi served as Vice-President of the General Assembly during the 67th session in 2011-2012.

2- Education Transformation Summit

Initiated by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the Education Transformation Summit will be held from September 16 to 19, at UN Headquarters in New York, as part of the 77th session of the General Assembly.

Friday is “Mobilization Day”, which will be led and organized by young people. The aim is to enable them to bring their concerns about education to decision makers, and mobilize the public around the world – young people, teachers, civil society and others – to support the transformation of the ‘education.

The second day is dedicated to solutions and is designed to be a platform for initiatives that will help transform education. The day will be structured around five themes: inclusive, equitable, safe and healthy schools; learning and skills for life; work and sustainable development; teachers, teaching and the teaching profession; digital learning and transformation; and education financing.

The third day, Monday, September 19, is Leaders Day, taking advantage of the fact that many heads of state and government will be visiting New York that week for meetings and national declarations of commitment, among other things.

UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in a note to correspondents that nearly 90 heads of state have announced their participation in Leaders’ Day, noting however that this number is likely to change since the date of this meeting coincides with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

3. SDG Moment

This year’s SDG Moment, which will take place on Monday 19 September, will be an opportunity to put the focus back on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, a blueprint for a future fairer for people and the planet, according to the UN.

Speaking at the High-Level Political Forum held last July, Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, said this year’s Moment will be “an opportunity to focus on these profound transitions and on the necessary work to get us back on track”. It will also be an important step in the run-up to the SDG Summit scheduled for 2023.

4- Global Goals Week

The general debate will overlap with Global Goals Week which, despite its name, is actually a nine-day program of virtual and in-person events taking place September 16-25, involving more than 170 partners from civil society, business , universities, and the United Nations system, to accelerate action on the SDGs, the international organization reports.

Also on the menu are New York City’s Climate Week, covering a wide range of climate-related challenges, the United Nations Private Sector Forum, run by the United Nations Global Compact, which brings together businesses, United Nations and civil society, to face global crises.

The program also includes the launch of the Take Action Global Climate Action Project, which brings together classes from more than 140 countries for a series of live interviews, school visits and social media actions.

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