Endorsing General Committee’s First Report, General Assembly Adopts Upcoming Session Work Programme, Placing Responsibility to Protect, Situation in Ukraine on Agenda

18 Sep

The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of its General Committee, today adopted a work programme and agenda for its seventy‑fifth session, deciding to include the item “responsibility to protect” in its discussions over the coming months and to take note that the COVID‑19 pandemic will affect practical arrangements of forthcoming events.

New President Echoes Call by Predecessor for Progressive, Multilateral Action to Defeat COVID-19, as General Assembly Concludes Current Session, Opens Seventy-Fifth

15 Sep

The General Assembly concluded its seventy-fourth session on Tuesday, with outgoing President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Nigeria) praising delegates for their progressive action, most notably in passing a widely co-sponsored resolution at the outset of COVID-19 epidemic to ensure fair global access to medicines and vaccines.

General Assembly Hears Calls for More Multilateral Cooperation, Information Sharing to Defeat COVID-19, as Speakers Explain Their Votes on Global Health Threats Text

14 Sep

The General Assembly convened today to hold the first meeting of its thirty-first special session on the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting one decision — and taking note of six others recently approved through the organ’s temporary silence procedure — related to the session’s leadership and other modalities.

General Assembly Adopts Resolutions Placing Situation in Ukraine, Responsibility to Protect on Agenda for Upcoming Session

4 Sep

The General Assembly fleshed out the agenda of its upcoming seventy-fifth session today, deciding by recorded vote to include the situation in Ukraine and the responsibility to protect, on the second day of its first in-person proceedings since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March.

General Assembly Adopts 2 Drafts on Sustainable Development in Africa, Text Regarding Status of Georgia’s Refugees, Internally Displaced

3 Sep

The General Assembly adopted three resolutions today, as the world body held its first plenary meeting since the start of coronavirus-related restrictions at Headquarters, taking note of more than 70 texts it had adopted under its silence procedure since 27 March.

General Assembly Extends Seventy-Fourth Session until Mid-September, Postpones Events, Report Submission Deadlines, Adopting 10 Texts in Silence Procedure

12 Aug

The General Assembly adopted 10 resolutions and decisions by its silence procedure from 6 to 12 August, including one extending its seventy-fourth session until mid-September and several postponing events and deadlines for report submissions, reflecting ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions.

Adopting Five Texts, General Assembly Extends Silence Procedure for Taking Decisions during COVID-19 Pandemic, Establishes Modalities for Upcoming General Debate

22 Jul

The General Assembly — operating under the silence procedure it has embraced amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — adopted five decisions on 21 and 22 July, including one extending that procedure until 31 August and another setting out hybrid virtual and in-person modalities for its upcoming high-level general debate.

General Assembly Begins First Special Session Since 2016 to Discuss COVID-19 Pandemic Chairs of Six Main Committees for Upcoming Seventy-Fifth Session Also Elected

15 Jul

The General Assembly on 10 July opened its thirty-first special session on the COVID-19 pandemic, the first special session convened in four years, with a general debate envisioned and questions remaining about the format and modalities for holding formal meetings on a virtual platform.

General Assembly, Adopting Decisions from Fifth Committee, Agrees to Keep Global Service Delivery Model under Review, Defer Closing of Côte d’Ivoire Operation

13 Jul

On the recommendation of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), the General Assembly adopted two decisions on 13 July, one deferring financial discussions around the closure of the United Nations operation in Côte d’Ivoire, and the second keeping the issue of a global service delivery model — aimed at consolidating the Organization’s administrative services — under review.