The Ukraine-Russia War, energy crisis, food security, nuclear security, climate crisis and other global and regional issues will come to the fore at the UN General Assembly, which will be held face-to-face for the first time after the epidemic.
Every year, on the third Tuesday of September, the eyes of the world turn to New York, home to the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. Heads of state and government, ministers, delegates and non-governmental organizations from 193 countries are preparing to come together for the 77th time in the world’s largest diplomacy forum.
Leaders will meet face-to-face for the first time in 2 years
According to AA; New York, whose streets were quiet because it was held in a virtual environment in 2020 due to the epidemic, and in a hybrid environment with limited participation in 2021, will be revived this year with diplomacy traffic.
More than 100 heads of state, more than 50 heads of government and many ministers will attend this year’s face-to-face summit.
Diplomatic solutions to problems will be sought
Meeting at the UN Headquarters, the leaders seek diplomatic solutions to global problems, find the opportunity to explain their countries’ policies and hold bilateral meetings.
Hungarian diplomat Csaba Körösi, who took over the post from Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, will be the Chairman of the 77th UN General Assembly.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will represent Turkey at the summit.
Cinping and Putin will not attend
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is held responsible for the war in Ukraine by many countries, will not attend the summit, which will also be attended by US President Joe Biden.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid will also take part in the summit.
Topics to be discussed at the summit
This year, Russia-Ukraine War, global energy crisis, food security, nuclear security, climate crisis, Afghanistan and other global and regional issues will be on the agenda of the leaders at the summit.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will host the “Transforming Education Summit” with the participation of leaders on September 19, one day before the General Assembly meetings.
Brazil continues its tradition of being the first to speak at the UN General Assembly
Brazil remains the first speaker at the UN General Assembly since 1947, although it is not ahead in alphabetical order.
In the first years of the UN General Assembly, when no country wanted to be in the first place, it became a tradition for Brazil to volunteer and make the first speech.
Although the speaker list changes every year, the tradition of Brazil being the first speaker continues. The United States comes second as the host country, but US President Biden will address the UN General Assembly a day later on Wednesday, September 21, as he will attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on September 19.
Erdogan will speak at the UN on September 20
President Erdoğan will also deliver his speech on September 20, the first day of the UN 77th General Assembly meetings.
Zelensky will send a video message
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will send a video message to the UN General Assembly.
After Russia objected to Zelensky’s video message sending, the UN General Assembly had to vote on the issue.
While Zelenskiy’s address to the General Assembly via video message was accepted with 101 votes, 7 countries voted “no” and 19 countries abstained.
Taliban have no say as it is deemed illegitimate
Afghanistan, which came to the fore with the Taliban’s takeover of the country on August 15, 2021, is not on the list of speakers this year either.
The international community does not recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government.