Sabri Boukadoum, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations, was elected Chair of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) on 13 June 2016 (see Press Release GA/11791).
General Assembly Press Release
The third annual International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Tests will be observed on 26 September at United Nations Headquarters.
On 13 June 2016, the United Nations General Assembly elected Peter Thomson of Fiji to serve as President of its seventy-first session, which runs from September 2016 to September 2017.
The United Nations Palestinian Rights Committee will convene the United Nations International Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace at the United Nations Office at Geneva on 29 and 30 June.
The Special Committee on Decolonization will hold the 2016 Pacific Regional Seminar in Managua, Nicaragua from 31 May to 2 June with a view to accelerating action in implementation of the third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2011‑2020).
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will convene the United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People at the 7A Odenplan Conference Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, on 19 and 20 May under the theme “Agenda 2030: Paving the way towards a peaceful, independent and sustainable State of Palestine”.
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will convene an International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem in Dakar, at the King Fahd Palace Hotel on 3 and 4 May, under the theme “Jerusalem at the Heart of the Settlement of the Question of Palestine”.
Climate change, environmental issues, the migrant and refugee crisis, and the general threat of terrorism were among the concerns voiced by delegates at the General Assembly, speaking as world leaders gathered in New York for the seventieth session of the six-day general debate, which was preceded by a three-day summit on the Sustainable Development Goals as well as a high-level thematic debate on the maintenance of international peace and security.
The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will convene an International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem in Jakarta, at the Hotel Borobodur on 14 and 15 December 2015, under the theme “Addressing the present and shaping the future of Jerusalem”.
Brian G. Bowler, Permanent Representative of Malawi to the United Nations, was elected Chair of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) on 15 June 2015.