UNGA’s 72nd session

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Speech by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic: Summit on the Global Pact for the Environment (New York, 19 September 2017)

Speech delivered by President Emmanuel Macron during the international launch summit of the "Global Pact for the Environment", which took place during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
Thank you very much for being here today.
I want to thank the United Nations Secretary-General for being here and for hosting us at this place, and to thank each and every one of you for being here today for the summit to launch the Global Pact for the Environment.
Indeed, I’m very pleased to see (…)

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The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly

The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly opens at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 12 September 2017 with Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, as president.

The annual general debate, during which Heads of State and Government and other high-level national representatives meet to present their views on major global issues, will open on Tuesday, 19 September, and will conclude on Monday 25 September.

Themes of the 72nd General Assembly

Each regular session is themed. The chosen theme for 2017 is: "Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet".

In addition to this theme, the priority subjects include:

  • the importance of prevention and mediation in the maintenance of peace,
  • the issue of migration,
  • the objectives of sustainable development and the fight against climate change with a follow-up to the Paris agreement,
  • respect for human rights.

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