General Assembly

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On 10 January 1946, the General Assembly met for the first time with representatives from the original 51 signatory nations. Shortly after, the GA adopted its first resolution focusing on peaceful uses of atomic energy and the elimination of atomic and other weapons of mass destruction. Since then, the General Assembly continues to occupy a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Today, the General Assembly retains the universal membership of all 193 Member States of the UN each with one vote. Read more about UN milestones.

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Reimagine: A better world for every child


At 75, the General Assembly’s annual general debate, which provides Member States the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to multilateralism, opens on Tuesday, 22 September, at 9 a.m. in New York. It will take place through Saturday, 26 September and on Tuesday, 29 September. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, speeches this year will be mostly pre-recorded, with some delegates delivering live statements in the General Assembly Hall on behalf of their head of State or Government. Watch and follow the debate live and join the conversation #UNGA !

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Seventy-five years ago, world leaders took visionary steps to recover from a calamitous global war.  Today, in the midst of the pandemic, we face another foundational moment.  At a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary, Member States will adopt a declaration expressing their belief that today’s challenges can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism. The overarching message emanating from this year’s virtual high-level week will be one of solidarity.  Join us online from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT to commemorate this historical moment and shape our future together!

General Assembly Hall

Everything the United Nations stands for and works for – peace, progress and human rights – has been shaken to the core by the coronavirus. As we strive to recover, international cooperation has never been more important. On its 75th anniversary, and amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will for the first time convene world leaders in a virtual format to seek solutions for a world in crisis. Several major events and the General Debate are expected to highlight action and solutions needed to secure healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all. Watch it unfold on UN Web TV. #UNGA

The General Assembly opens its historic 75th session on Tuesday, 15 September, at 3 p.m. EDT.

The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens this September, marking three quarters of a century of the Organization’s existence. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, climate crisis and rising inequality, world leaders convene to

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly

The President of the current session of the General Assembly, M. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande took over in September 2019. The Assembly concluded the main part of its 74th annual session in December. H.E. M. Muhammad-Bande now shares his priorities for the remaining period. In his briefing, the President will reflect on the work of the Assembly to date and propose a roadmap for the months to come, including the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Organization and the newly-launched Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals.

the first meeting of the UN General Assembly

The first General Assembly, with 51 nations represented opened in Central Hall, Westminster, London on 10 January 1946. The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. All 193 Member States of the UN are represented in the General Assembly, making it the only UN body with universal representation. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority.  The General Assembly, each year, elects a GA President to serve a one-year term of office.

The new President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, welcomes viewers inside its grand Hall where history is made.