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Weeks before the opening of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations diplomatic community, together with the residents of New York, prepare for the annual arrival of heads of state and government. of the whole world. , after two years of disruption caused by COVID-19. Many details are yet to be confirmed, but here are five things to watch out for between September 12 and September 27.
A Hungarian president takes the gavel
A new session means a new President of the General Assembly. The current PGA – as the UN acronym says – Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, will step down, and Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary will take over for the next twelve months.
The award will take place on Monday, September 12; Mr. Shahid will close the 76th session of the GA in the morning, and the 77th session will be officially opened at 3:00 p.m. the same day (the site will go live at that 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 been involved with the UN for several years, and the presidency is unlikely to involve too much of a learning curve: Mr Kőrösi served as vice-president of the General Assembly during the 67th session in 2011-2012.
Transforming Education Summit
As usual, international attention (along with a slew of police and complaints about New York City residents’ traffic jams) will be focused on High Level Debate week, which begins Tuesday, September 20.
However, the Transforming Education Summit, which takes place the previous week at the UN headquarters – on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Monday 19 September – is presented as a major event by the organization.
Friday is “Mobilization Day”, which will be led and organized by young people, bringing young people’s concerns about their education to decision-makers and decision-makers, and will focus on mobilizing the global public, young people, teachers, civil society and others, to support the transformation of education around the world.
The second day is dedicated to solutions and is designed to be a platform for initiatives that will help transform education. The day is grouped around five themes (“Thematic Action Tracks”): 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, capitalizing on the fact that so many heads of state and government will be visiting New York that week. Expect a flurry of national statements of commitment from these leaders.
The day will also include the presentation of the Youth Declaration of the Summit and the Secretary-General’s Vision Statement for Transforming Education.
This year’s SDG Moment, which will take place between 08:30 and 10:00 on Monday, September 19, just before the Leaders’ Day of the Transforming Education Summit, will be an opportunity to refocus attention on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030, a blueprint for a fairer future for people and the planet.
Speaking at the High Level Political Forum – a key annual forum for development – in July, Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General, said transitions in renewable energy, food systems and digital connectivity as well as “investments in human capital, financing opportunities”, are needed to turn multiple crises into opportunities.
Ms. Mohammed said this year’s Moment will be “an opportunity to focus on these profound transitions and the work needed to get us back on track. It will also be an important step on the way to the 2023 SDG summit.”
Last year’s Moment was marked by the involvement of Korean megastars BTS, who reflected on the enormous disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and challenged the idea that they are part of a “COVID generation lost”.
On December 18, 1992, UN Member States adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (UN Declaration on the Rights of Minorities), described by the UN as a key instrument for dealing with the political problems and the civil, economic, social and cultural rights of persons belonging to minorities.
On Wednesday, September 21, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, a high-level meeting will take place, as part of the one-year commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Declaration.
Speaking in June, Paolo David, chief of the UN’s Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section for Human Rights, said that while the adoption of the Declaration brought hope there is three decades, this feeling had quickly dissipated due to the armed conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Mr. David noted that minorities continue to be instrumentalized in many conflicts, including in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Today, minorities face unprecedented obstacles and challenges, according to the UN. In many countries, they face modern threats such as online hate speech and are deprived of their citizenship rights.
The event is presented as an opportunity to take stock of constraints and achievements, share examples of good practice and set priorities for the future.
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 , academia, and the United Nations system, to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
There are too many events to list them all here, but they include NYC Climate Week, covering a wide range of climate-related challenges; the UN Private Sector Forum, run by the UN Global Compact, which brings together business, the UN and civil society to address global crises; and the launch of Take Action Global’s 2002 Climate Action Project, which brings together classrooms from more than 140 countries, for a series of live interviews, school tours and social media takeovers.
There will be plenty of SDG Media Zone videos to watch during Global Goals Week, with dozens of interesting speakers, including content creators, influencers, activists and media partners, taking part in panel discussions that highlight actions and solutions in support of sustainable development. Goals.