On September 12th, the 193 Member States that comprise the United Nations General Assembly will meet at the UN Headquarters in New York. The general debate will open on September 19th with discussion continuing until September 25th. The general debate, with the exception of high-level meetings, is typically the only event at which Heads of State and Government regularly participate. The United Nations General Assembly present an important opportunity for the private sector to contribute to discussions on global health and other issues to inform and engage key leaders.
What is the UNGA?
The United Nations General Assembly – commonly referred to as UNGA – is one of the six major constituents of the United Nations and the only one in which all member nations have equal representation. The primary function of the UNGA is to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint non-permanent members of the Security Council, and to make recommendations on pertinent issues. Each year this democratic assembly convenes in New York to address the issues that have been presented.
How Can the Private Sector Engage?
In addition to the formal agenda, stakeholders across industries host events alongside the Assembly and plenary meetings to advance their initiatives and build constituencies around various global issues, including global health and development.
What is on the agenda at this year’s UNGA?
This will be the first UNGA under the direction of Secretary-General António Guterres, the previous United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The global refugee crisis and strengthening cross-sector collaboration will likely be key topics of conversation. Other significant themes will include the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, global health security, preventing the spread of non-communicable diseases, and antimicrobial resistance.
Trying to figure out which sessions to attend at UNGA or secure an invitation to sessions of interest? Check out our UNGA event guide. If you plan to be in New York for UNGA week, we would be pleased to connect and have highlighted sessions at which Rabin Martin will have a presence.
Global Health Security in Action: Putting Countries in the Driver’s Seat
Rabin Martin, in collaboration with USP, Global Health Council, MSH and Intel is hosting an exciting high-level discussion on global health security. Building strong health systems is essential in the prevention, detection, and successful response to a wide range of health threats and emergencies. The conversation will focus on the importance of involvement from all relevant sectors in ensuring domestic resourcing and sustainability. Please join the conversation! If you or your colleagues are interested, RSVP here. Rabin Martin is looking forward to UNGA and the important discussions that will take place. If you want to learn how to get involved – please don’t hesitate to contact us.