24 Sep 2014
The general debate of the 69th session of the General Assembly is getting underway on Wednesday under the Presidency of Ugandan Foreign Minister, Sam Kutesa.
Close to 140 heads of state or government are expected to address the Assembly on various subjects of concern to the international community from fighting poverty to ending conflicts.
The issues that are expected to feature prominently in this year’s session include the rise of Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria and the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Each country has one vote in the 193-member General Assembly where resolutions are usually adopted by a simple majority.
Although the resolutions are not legally binding like those of the Security Council they are considered to carry the moral weight of the international community.
The President of this year’s session has said that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty and leads to improving lives of all people.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations