Main Issues

During its 62nd session, the General Assembly will continue efforts to make its work more focused and relevant by streamlining its agenda, improving the working methods of its Main Committees and strengthening the role and authority of the President. This “revitalization” process will strengthen the ability of the Assembly to advance its work on major global challenges. During the 62nd session, the Assembly will focus on the following key issues:

Responding to climate change was the main theme of the Assembly’s annual General Debate which featured statements by Heads of State and Government as well as Ministers. Preceding that debate, there was a High-level event, organized by the Secretary-General also focusing on climate change. In December 2007, Member States will hold a world conference on climate change in Bali. Following this the General Assembly will hold a special two day meeting on 11 and 12 February 2008, involving the private sector, civil society and Member States.

The High-Level Dialogue of Financing for Development was held on 23 and 24 October 2007. The Dialogue and additional consultations will form a part of the preparatory process for the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to take place in late 2008, in Doha, Qatar. The Conference will review the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus.

In September 2006 all 192 Member States agreed on a global strategy to counter terrorism. While a full review of the implementation of the strategy is set for late 2008, Member States decided to hold a mid-term stocktaking in late 2007.

The reform agenda is aimed at improving the efficiency, accountability, representativeness and transparency of the United Nations. Member States are expected to put forward further recommendations to improve governance and management of the UN Secretariat. The reform process also includes efforts to advance System-wide Coherence, Revitalize the General Assembly, and reform the Security Council.

Member States will also review progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the aim of recommitting efforts and resources to reach them by the target date of 2015.

Some of the other issues on the agenda of the 62nd session include:

In dealing with these issues the Assembly’s work will be guided by the values and recommendation agreed by leaders at the 2005 World Summit and contained in the Summit’s Outcome Document. The General Assembly will continue to monitor implementation of these recommendations and agree further follow-up actions to the Summit during the 62nd session and beyond.