Meeting on Hurricane Irma

United Nations, 15 September 2017 On 18 September 2017, the President of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. António Guterres, will co-host a High-Level Meeting on Hurricane Irma at United Nations Headquarters.

The meeting will be an opportunity to draw political attention to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. It will aim to increase solidarity with those affected and highlight the need for building communities that are more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. Information will also be shared on what is being done at the national, regional and global levels to respond to the disaster. The event will bring together United Nations Member States, United Nations agencies and other relevant stakeholders.


High-Level Meeting on Hurricane Irma


Expected remarks by United Nations Member States, in addition:

  • E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly
  • E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General
  • E. Mr. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
  • Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association, World Bank


Monday, 18 September; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT


Trusteeship Council Chamber


There is limited seating at the event. UN Journalists wishing to cover it can request special passes from the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit or the Office of the President of the General Assembly.  External print journalists must register here by 4pm EDT on Friday, 15 September to receive entry to the meeting. The meeting will also be available on webcast at:


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