UNGA’s 73rd Session

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70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Speech before the UN General Assembly delivered by Jean-Yves Le Drian (26 September 2018)

Secretary-General, High Commissioner, Ministers, dear colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
France, Germany, Costa Rica, South Korea and Senegal are pleased to host you today in celebration of the heritage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in Paris in 1948. We are honoured to receive at this podium the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr António Guterres, who will have to leave a little early given his many commitments, and the High Commissioner for (…)

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73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) began at the organization’s headquarters in New York on 18 September 2018.

The high-level session will open on Monday, September 24 and will end on Monday, October 1. On this occasion, Heads of State and of Government and other high-level national representatives will meet to present their priorities and discuss global issues.

Assemblée générale des Nations Unies

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, as well as the Secretary of State, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, will travel to New York for this occasion.

During the numerous events scheduled throughout the UNGA, the multilateral responses to the principal challenges of our planet will be raised :

  • Global issues: Climate and environment, sustainable development, poverty reduction and the fight against inequalities, education, migration;
  • UN reform: While the latest crises have confirmed the centrality of the United Nations, they have also reinforced the need to make the organisation more effective and more representative of the current global power balances;
  • Crisis prevention and management;
  • The defense of human rights.

Monday, 24 September

Image Diaporama - Press Conference, UNGA Opening

Press Conference, UNGA Opening

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor

Meeting with Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor

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Image Diaporama - Meeting of President Emmanuel Macron with the (...)

Meeting of President Emmanuel Macron with the US President Donald Trump

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with the Iranian Foreign Affairs (...)

Meeting with the Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif

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Image Diaporama - Press Conference, Opening of the UNGA

Press Conference, Opening of the UNGA

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Image Diaporama - Event on Libya

Event on Libya

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with the United Kingdom on Myanmar/Burma

Meeting with the United Kingdom on Myanmar/Burma

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with Comorian Foreign Affairs (...)

Meeting with Comorian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammed El-Amine Souef

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Tuesday, 25 September

Image Diaporama - Breakfast Meeting of the European Members of (...)

Breakfast Meeting of the European Members of the UN Security Council regarding Iran

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Image Diaporama - Girls' Education Event organised by France, (...)

Girls’ Education Event organised by France, the United Kingdom and Canada, in association with the Global Partnership for Education and UNESCO

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Image Diaporama - Girls' Education Event organised by France, (...)

Girls’ Education Event organised by France, the United Kingdom and Canada, in association with the Global Partnership for Education and UNESCO

© Martin Loper

Image Diaporama - High-level meeting on the reform of peacekeeping

High-level meeting on the reform of peacekeeping operations

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Image Diaporama - President Emmanuel Macron's Press Conference

President Emmanuel Macron’s Press Conference

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Image Diaporama - President Emmanuel Macron's speech at the UN (...)

President Emmanuel Macron’s speech at the UN General Assembly

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Image Diaporama - President Emmanuel Macron's speech at the UN (...)

President Emmanuel Macron’s speech at the UN General Assembly

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President Emmanuel Macron’s speech at the UN General Assembly

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Read the President’s full speech.

Wednesday, 26 September

Image Diaporama - Event by Belgium on civil protection

Event by Belgium on civil protection

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Image Diaporama - Event by Belgium on civil protection

Event by Belgium on civil protection

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Image Diaporama - Event on the fight against antisemitism (...)

Event on the fight against antisemitism (UNESCO), with the Secretary General of the United Nations

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Image Diaporama - Event on the fight against antisemitism (...)

Event on the fight against antisemitism (UNESCO), with the Secretary General of the United Nations

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Image Diaporama - Francophony reception, under the distinguished

Francophony reception, under the distinguished patronage of Moussa Faki

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Image Diaporama - French-German-HCHR Event: 70th Anniversary of (...)

French-German-HCHR Event: 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights

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Image Diaporama - French-German-HCHR Event: 70th Anniversary of (...)

French-German-HCHR Event: 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights

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Image Diaporama - Jean-Yves Le Drian and Ronald Lauder, (...)

Jean-Yves Le Drian and Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress

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Image Diaporama - Lunch with Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Italian (...)

Lunch with Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Italian Foreign Affairs Minister

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian (...)

Meeting with Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with Michelle Bachelet, UN High (...)

Meeting with Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Image Diaporama - Speech by President Emmanuel Macron during (...)

Speech by President Emmanuel Macron during the UN Security Council public meeting on nuclear non-proliferation

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Image Diaporama - Speech by President Emmanuel Macron during (...)

Speech by President Emmanuel Macron during the UN Security Council public meeting on nuclear non-proliferation

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Image Diaporama - UN Secretary General event on Mali and the (...)

UN Secretary General event on Mali and the Sahel

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Image Diaporama - UN Secretary General event on Mali and the (...)

UN Secretary General event on Mali and the Sahel

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Thursday, 27 September

Image Diaporama - Breakfast Meeting with the UN Secretary (...)

Breakfast Meeting with the UN Secretary General and the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the P5

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Image Diaporama - Event on the Central African Republic

Event on the Central African Republic

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with Mme Payne

Meeting with Mme Payne

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with the Egyptian Foreign Affairs (...)

Meeting with the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sameh Choukry

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Image Diaporama - Meeting with the Russian Foreign Affair (...)

Meeting with the Russian Foreign Affair Minister, Sergei Lavrov

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Image Diaporama - Ministerial Meeting of the UN Security (...)

Ministerial Meeting of the UN Security Council regarding North Korea

© Martin Loper

Video: France’s priorities for the 73rd UN General Assembly

An interview of Alexis Lamek, the Ministry’s Director for the United Nations, International Organizations, Human Rights and Francophony

A unique, multilateral forum

The United Nations General Assembly, which was created in 1945, is one of the main bodies of the UN, bringing together all 193 Member States. It sets out the UN’s major lines of action.

The Assembly adopts resolutions which help establish standards and codify international law, on the basis of representativeness (1 State = 1 vote) and debate (forum for negotiations and discussion).

It also decides on the organization’s internal operations: it admits new members upon recommendation of the Security Council, it examines and approves the budget, and it appoints the UN Secretary-General upon recommendation of the Security Council.

Video: The United Nations, An Overview

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