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Media Kit — UN GA High-level events

As of 19 September 2020

WHAT:

On its 75th anniversary, and amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations will for the first time convene world leaders in a virtual format to seek action and solutions for a world in crisis. Several major events, in addition to the General Debate, are expected to highlight action and solutions that will ignite the transformations needed to secure healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all.

WHY:

The pillars of our world, already unsteady, have been shaken to the core by the coronavirus. Everything the United Nations stands for and works for – peace, progress and human rights – is in jeopardy. As we strive to respond and recover, international cooperation has never been more important. 

WHO:

Heads of State and Government, ministers, international organizations, representatives of the private sector and civil society.

WHEN:

17 September – 5 October 2020

WHERE:

All events will take place mostly virtually, broadcast live and on-demand on UN Web TV. A limited number of New York-based representatives of Member States may be physically present at United Nations Headquarters.

 

 

OVERVIEW


General debate
22-26 & 29 September

High-level events

Date Event Title

 17 September

High-level Meeting on Yemen

 18 September

SDG Moment

 21 September

High-level Meeting on UN75

 22-29 September

General Debate

 23 September

High-level Meeting on Lebanon

 23 September

Digital Cooperation: Action Today for Future Generations

 24 September

High-level Roundtable on Climate Action

 25 September

High-level Side Event: Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead

 29 September

High-level Event on Financing for Development

 30 September

High-level Side Event: Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic

 30 September

UN Summit on Biodiversity

 1 October 

High-level Meeting on Beijing+25

 1 October

High-level Meeting on CAR

 2 October

High-level Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of on Nuclear Weapons

 5 October

High-level Meeting on Libya

Other spaces to watch

 17-29 September

SDG Media Zone

 19 September

Global SDG Broadcast

 22-24 September

SDG Action Zone

 

 

 

General debate
22 - 26 September and 29 September | 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT

The General Debate, held at the beginning of each session of the General Assembly, provides an opportunity for world leaders to deliver a statement on global issues. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Member and Observer States can submit a pre-recorded video statement by their respective Head of State or Head of Government, which will be played in the General Assembly Hall, after being introduced by the respective national representative who can be physically present in the Assembly Hall. The theme for this 75th General Debate is “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action.”

 

Website: https://gadebate.un.org

 

High-level events
18 September - 5 October

Against the backdrop of the multidimensional crisis triggered by COVID-19, this year’s high-level events are underpinned by the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the enduring principles of the UN Charter, and guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all world leaders in 2015. Along with the Paris agreement on climate change, the 17 interconnected Goals provide a vital framework for a long-term global response to COVID-19 that leads to greener, more inclusive economies, and stronger, more resilient societies.

 

SDG Moment
18 September | 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT

The UN Secretary-General is for the first time convening the annual SDG Moment, as mandated by the outcome document of the 2019 SDG  Summit, to set out a vision for a Decade of Action and recovering better from COVID-19; provide a snapshot on SDG progress today; highlight plans and actions to tackle major implementation gaps; and demonstrate the power and impact of action and innovation by SDG stakeholders.

Why it matters
Objectives

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and uneven progress across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG Moment will:

Format and expected outcomes

Website: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdg-moment
Hashtag: #GlobalGoals
Contact: donlon@un.org

 

High-level Meeting on UN75
21 September | 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT

Under the theme, “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism,” this General Assembly meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations aims to present the outcomes of the UN75 initiative -- the world's largest conversation, launched in January 2020 to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions to global challenges – and discuss how to take forward the findings for building a better world for all.

Why it matters
Objectives

Under the theme, “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism,” the meeting aims to:

Format and expected outcomes

Websites: www.un.org/un75, www.un75.online
Hashtags: #UN75 #ShapingOurFuture
Contact: lisa.laskaridis@un.org

 

Digital Cooperation: Action Today for Future Generations
23 September | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

This high-level event convened by UNICEF/Generation Unlimited, ITU, UNDP and the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General will feature three panels comprising of Heads of States/Governments, technology CEOs, eminent tech personalities and youth voices focused on the key themes (Connect, Respect, Protect) of the UN Secretary-General 's landmark Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and its impact on future generations.

Why it matters
Objectives
Format

Hashtag : #DigitalCooperation
Contact: pilgrims@un.org

 

High-level Roundtable on Climate Action
24 September | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

This roundtable event convened by the UN Secretary-General will showcase high-impact solutions by governments and real economy leaders, in line with the Secretary-General’s six climate-positive actions to recover better together. The event will show the vast social and economic benefits of a sustainable recovery and of action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and ensure that people and planet are fully protected from climate change impacts. This Roundtable will also jump-start an ambition arc that will take us to the Fifth Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December, when governments are expected to present ambitious and quality climate plans (the Nationally Determined Contributions – NDCs – and Long-Term Strategies), all the way to COP26 in November 2021.

Why it matters
Objectives

This event convened by the UN Secretary-General aims to:

Format and expected outcomes

Website: www.un.org/climatechange 
Hashtag: #ClimateAction
Contacts: shepard@un.org; matthew.coghlan@un.org

 

High-level Side Event: Participation, Human Rights and the Governance Challenge Ahead
25 September | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT

The virtual panel discussion will focus on participation as a human right and a vital tool for multilateralism, and Member States’ governance in addressing grave global challenges – spanning from the COVID-19 pandemic to the climate crisis and development.

Contact: manssonk@un.org

 

High-level Event on Financing for Development
29 September | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

This high-level event convened by the UN Secretary-General and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica aims to articulate a coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response to the urgent financing for development crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Heads of State and Government are expected to adopt an ambitious menu of policy options for countries to recover in the short term, mobilize the financial resources to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, review the global financial architecture to deliver the global standards and align with the SDGs, and strengthen the resilience and sustainability of countries over the medium to long term.

Why it matters
Objectives

This high-level event aims to:

Format and expected outcomes

Website: www.un.org/en/coronavirus/financing-development
Hashtag: #Fin4Dev
Contact: shepard@un.org  

 

Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic: Taking new solutions to scale to save lives, protect health systems and restart the global economy
30 September | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT

The high-level side event hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom, South Africa, and  the UN Secretary-General, aims to build stronger political consensus for a coordinated global response to COVID-19 and champion the importance and urgency of equitable access to new tools, especially effective vaccines. It also seeks to catalyze a step-change in support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the most promising solution for global equitable access to the tools needed to accelerate the end of the pandemic.

Why it matters
Objectives

This high-level side events aims to:

Format and expected outcomes

Website: www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator
Hashtag: #COVID19
Contacts: spragginsan@who.int, abadvergarad@who.int

 

UN Summit on Biodiversity
30 September | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

The UN Summit on Biodiversity convened by the President of the UN General Assembly aims to provide political direction and momentum for the development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The event will also demonstrate ambition and commitment to accelerate action on biodiversity for sustainable development, highlight the connections between biodiversity, societies and economies, and showcase biodiversity’s multiple and essential contributions to sustainable development.

Why it matters
 
Objectives

The Summit convened by the President of the UN General Assembly aims to:

Format and expected outcomes

Website: www.un.org/pga/74/united-nations-summit-on-biodiversity
Hashtag: #ForNature
Contact: shepard@un.org, palanivelu@un.org

 

High-level Meeting on Beijing+25
1 October | 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. EDT

Under the theme, “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls", this high-level meeting of the General Assembly aims to demonstrate the political will and leadership that will bring about the transformative change needed to address root causes, structural barriers, discriminatory practices and social norms that underpin discrimination and inequality. The event will also showcase concrete actions, plans and commitments to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by 2030, including in support of the role of civil society organizations and youth.

Why it matters

Objectives

Under the theme, “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls,” the high-level meeting aims to:

Format and expected outcomes

Websites: www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/general-assembly, www.un.org/pga/74/event/high-level-meeting-on-the-twenty-fifth-anniversary-of-the-fourth-world-conference-on-women
Hashtag: #GenerationEquality
Contact: birchs@un.org

 

High-level Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
2 October | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

This high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons aims to advocate for resuming dialogue and negotiations for nuclear arms control and disarmament and to consider how States can return to a common path to nuclear disarmament. The meeting also seeks to articulate solutions for the elimination of nuclear weapons and highlight the need for renewed engagement for building sustainable peace and security for all.

Why it matters
Objectives

This high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons aims to:

Format and expected outcomes

Website: https://www.un.org/en/observances/nuclear-weapons-elimination-day
Contact: suzanne.oosterwijk@un.org 

 

Country-specific High-level Meetings on Peace & Security
17 September – 5 October

[Note: webcast of the meetings listed below will not be available as these events are closed.]

Yemen: 17 September | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT
This meeting aims to mobilize international support for a nationwide ceasefire in Yemen as well as economic and humanitarian measures.

Lebanon: 23 September | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT
The meeting is expected to reaffirm united international political support to Lebanon’s stability and state institutions and call for the swift formation of an effective and credible government able to meet the legitimate aspirations and needs expressed by the Lebanese people.

Central African Republic: 1 October | time TBD
Ahead of the general elections scheduled in the Central African Republic, this meeting offers an opportunity to convey to national stakeholders the international community’s expectations, while also rallying the support of regional and international partners, including for the essential development and humanitarian interventions required to sustain peace in the country.

Libya: 5 October | 8:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. EDT
The event will focus on the follow-up to the Berlin Conference held in January 2020, take stock of commitments made, identify gaps and encourage participants to make progress towards implementing outstanding commitments.

 



Other events to watch

SDG Media Zone
17-29 September

The all-virtual SDG Media Zone will feature UN and other expert voices providing timely, reliable information on key issues at UNGA75. The programme of interviews and discussions, conducted in collaboration with media partners around the world, will highlight solutions, science and solidarity, offering hopeful avenues for the audience to connect with global issues related to recovering from COVD-19 and rebuilding sustainably. The content will inspire audiences to take steps toward a more sustainable world and engage in priority campaigns such as UN75, Verified, and ActNow.

What to expect
Why watch?

Website: www.un.org/sdgmediazone 
Hashtag: #SDGLive
Contacts: palanivelu@un.org, samaanm@un.org 

 

Global Broadcast: “Nations United”
19 September | 9:00 a.m. EDT

On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals – in the midst of a pandemic radically transforming our economies and societies – this 30-minute film tells the story of the world as it is, as it was, and as it could be. Directed by renowned film maker Richard Curtis and produced by the documentary film company 72 Films, “Nations United” will present the facts, data, and opportunities we have as a human family to reimagine and reshape the future. The film will be broadcast on numerous television channels, radio stations and streaming services around the world, premiering on the UN YouTube channel on 19 September.

What to expect
Why watch?

Website: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/nations-united
Hashtag: #GlobalGoals
YouTube.com/unitednations
Contact: nathalie.delorme@un.org

 

SDG Action Zone
22-24 September | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

The all-virtual SDG Action Zone will provide a space for open, transparent, and inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement and global audience participation during the UN General Assembly’s high-level week. Conversations, talks and debates with leading thinkers, activists and creators from across regions, sectors and generations will highlight critical areas to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals in a programme focused on inspiring the transformative change so needed for people and our planet. 

What to expect
Why watch?

Website: https://sdgactionzone.org 
Hashtag: #SDGActionZone
Contact: hello@sdgactioncampaign.org

 

UN Social Media

Follow @UN on Twitter and @unitednations on Facebook and Instagram for special #UNGA activities. See un.org/social for UN accounts in languages.

 

More information and contacts

 

Issued by the UN Department of Global Communications – Contact: Martina Donlon, donlon@un.org

 

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