76th UNGA session: PM Narendra Modi to address UNGA General Debate on September 25th- Know theme, Key topics

The UNGA General Debate theme for this year is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’.

Created On: Sep 14, 2021 17:00 IST
PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the General Debate of the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 25, 2021. 

The UNGA General Debate theme for this year is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’.

The 76th UNGA session will take place in a hybrid format, chaired by UNGA President Volkan Bozkir. The UNGA President announced that 83 heads of state are anticipated to attend the session. Bozkir stated in a video message that it has been an honour and challenge to lead the UNGA under these unprecedented circumstances, as his presidency has coincided with both COVID-19 and the 75th anniversary of the UN. 

76th UNGA session: Key Highlights 

•The 76th UNGA session kicked off on September 14, 2021 in New York. It would include several meetings including the high-level General Debate, attracting political leaders from across the world. 

•Those who are expected to participate in person include 43 heads of government, one vice president, three deputy prime ministers and 23 foreign ministers. 

•Some of the topics that are expected to dominate the discussions include climate change, COVID-19 and the Afghanistan crisis. 

•There will be restrictions on the number of people allowed inside the main building due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, roughly only 6 delegates will be allowed to accompany each head of state for the meetings. 

What is UNGA?

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is the main deliberative and policy-making body of the United Nations. The UNGA takes up complex world issues for discussions along with challenges facing individual members. It is the only UN body where all members have representation.

As per the UN Charter, the UNGA is responsible for addressing matters of international peace and security that are not currently being addressed by the UN Security Council (UNSC). 

It also holds talks and debates over matters of international law, human rights and cooperation in social, economic, cultural, educational and health fields. It is the UNGA that approved the UN;s annual budget and one of its six main committees directly oversees the funding of peacekeeping missions around the world.

The historic 75th UNGA session was forced to take place most only due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

UNGA General Debate

The General Debate is one of the most prominent events during the UN General Assembly, which sees the convergence of several world leaders and heads of government for nine days of speeches and meetings. The General Debate will happen next week, a week after the start of the UNGA session. 

The 76th UNGA session will also witness the formal election of new UNGA President Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, who will succeed outgoing President Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, whose term is coming to an end. 

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