What is the UN General Assembly (UNGA)?
Every September, leaders from around the world convene for the United Nations General Assembly, the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. This annual gathering features hundreds of events throughout the month where world leaders discuss some of the biggest global challenges – from public health to climate change to human rights – and drive progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for a more equitable global future. For more information, visit the official UN General Assembly website.
How is UNGA adapting to COVID-19?
For all high-level meetings, each participating member has been invited to submit a pre-recorded video to play in the General Assembly Hall. A single representative of each State will be physically present to introduce their video. For the hundreds of official and unofficial events happening around UNGA, organizations have chosen to also move largely online, with virtual webinars, speeches, and conferences.
What are this year’s high-level meetings?
The four high-level meetings this year are:
- High-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN: Sep 21
- Biodiversity Summit: Sep 30
- 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women: Oct 1
- High-level plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: Oct 2
Why is UNGA important?
UNGA is the world’s biggest annual development summit. As we grapple with interconnected global crises such as COVID-19, economic inequality, and climate change, the need for international cooperation and solidarity has never been more important. Now in its 75th year, we have an unprecedented opportunity to support the UN to make this a truly global moment that is accessible to everyone, everywhere.
What is UNGA Guide?
Published annually since 2016, UNGA Guide is a comprehensive crowdsourced calendar for official and unofficial events around the UN General Assembly (UNGA). As UNGA goes virtual in its 75th year, we’re here to help you navigate it.
What’s new on the site this year?
We’ve revamped this year’s guide, now called UNGA Guide Virtual, for easier at-home participation. With registration links, event livestreams and video archives where available, you can browse through and participate in hundreds of events without stepping outside.
How is UNGA Guide associated with the UN?
This guide is an unofficial resource and is not associated with the United Nations in any official capacity. UNGA Guide does not have convening power and cannot help organize side events.
Is UNGA Guide free?
Yes! UNGA Guide is free for anyone to use; specific event prices are listed when applicable.
Why should I use UNGA Guide?
If you’re organizing an event, we can help you reach a wider audience – last year, UNGA Guide reached an audience of 30,000 people during the two weeks of UNGA. If you’re looking to participate, access to hundreds of events is just a few clicks away.
Is there a deadline for submitting events?
No, the guide is updated on an ongoing basis throughout UNGA.
Who can I contact for further inquiries or to update my event listing?
If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.