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.
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;
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.