#UNGA High-Level Week Opens in New York

Today marks the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Week in New York. World leaders and representatives from 193 countries will come together to work on an agenda full of critical issues, including counterterrorism, Ebola, global women's issues, and much more.
On Wednesday, September 24, President Barack Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly. The First Lady will also attend. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly. Afterward, the President will attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  Later in the afternoon, the President will chair a United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters.  Throughout the week, Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings with his foreign counterparts and participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action.
It will be a busy week, but you can follow all the action by ‘liking’ the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Facebook and get the latest updates on events in New York via @StateDept, @USUN, and @State_IO on Twitter.  Check out photos from UNGA on Flickr and Instagram, and watch events live on video.state.gov/live or on-demand on YouTube.
We approach each new General Assembly in the context under which the Assembly was established nearly seven decades ago: to foster a more peaceful world, and to promote development and human rights.  What issues do you think are most important for leaders to address at the UN General Assembly this year?
About the Author: Megan Mattson serves as the Senior Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.



Alexandra W.
Illinois, USA
September 23, 2014
I would ask that the United States halt unilateral support of Israel's blockade in Gaza, and the de facto blockade in Area C through illegal checkpoints and restriction of movement. The U.S. has a responsibility to lead in the arena of human rights. Continuing with arms supplies to Israel used to kill over seventy percent of civilians in this most recent war on Gaza has made the U.S. complicit in these war crimes. I would ask the U.S. to lead the world in support of Palestine refugees.
adnan s.
September 23, 2014
USA have no right to preserve the crown of democracy on bloodshed.
angham a.
September 23, 2014
i love USA & Barack Obama they are the best .
Alex L.
September 23, 2014
I trust the US leadership that will manage the terror.
Manhattan Skyline Including the UN Building
Posted by Megan Mattson
September 22, 2014


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