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8 September 2021


September is reliably busy at the United Nations, never moreso than this year. Developments in Afghanistan, Haiti, Yemen and elsewhere; on the Covid-19 pandemic; and in the quickening pace of climate change are the focus of high-level meetings during the UN General Assembly, which begins mid-month.

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and leaders from around the world address the annual gathering beginning on 21 September. This will be the first year President Joe Biden addresses the General Assembly. Covid-19 restrictions will keep much of the work virtual but public.

At week’s end, Secretary-General Guterres will present “Our Common Agenda” to the General Assembly. The report looks ahead to the next 25 years and represents his vision on the future of global cooperation and reinvigorating inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism. Also this week:

  • The UN Security Council focuses on UN peacekeeping, Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya, hearing senior UN officials from the field discuss these situations in sessions that generally are public.
  • Other meetings focus on aviation security worldwide, global terrorism, and the rights of children and of people with disabilities.
  • Among the international days of note are Literacy Day (on 8 September).


The Week Ahead at the UN

Tuesday 9/7   

Wednesday 9/8         

  • The Security Council conducts an open debate on United Nations peacekeeping operations; Secretary-General Guterres offers prefatory remarks
  • The UN General Assembly commemorates the International Day against Nuclear Tests, marked on 29 August
  • International Literacy Day
  • ICAO, theInternational Civil Aviation Organization,convenes its annual symposium on global aviation security, through 10 September
  • A press conference marks the 25thanniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
  • The President of the UN Human Rights Council discusses its upcoming session
  • The Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen launches its 4th report

Thursday 9/9


Friday 9/10

  • Security Council meeting on Yemen with UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg
  • Security Council meeting on Libya with UN Special Envoy Ján Kubiš
  • Secretary-General Guterres presents his Our Common Agenda report and briefs reporters about the upcoming high-level events at the UN General Assembly
  • The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperationhosts a discussion of “South-South cooperation: solidarity in support of a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable future” ahead of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, 12 September



Webcast of events

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  UN Journal

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Last Week at the UN

  • Afghanistan: UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths tells Taliban that women play a critical role in delivering aid: “ensure their rights, safety and well-being”
    • Major humanitarian crisis looms; UN plans pledging conference 9/13
    • UN warns of urgent imperative to avoid acute Afghan food insecurity
  • Syria: Prevent entire generation from being lost: UN Humanitarian Chief
  • Ethiopia: Unprecedented funding gap for 7 million facing hunger in Ethiopia: WFP
    • Tigray aid situation worsening by the day: humanitarians
  • Haiti: Bringing aid to country at breaking point; waterborne diseases a threat: UNICEF
  • Latin America: Unprecedented displacement in Central America, Mexico: UNHCR
  • Lebanon: Almost three-quarters of the population living in poverty
  • United Nations: Remembering Nobel laureate Ralph Bunche
  • Climate: Action essential to cool season of fire and floods worldwide: Deputy UN Chief
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  • Disasters: Five-fold surge in past 50 years, but early warnings save lives: WMO
  • Environment: Improving air quality key to confronting global crises: UNEP
  • Refugees: Critical gaps in education as just 34% attend secondary school: UNHCR
  • Covid-19: WHO urges G-20 ministers to meet pledges, support regional manufacturers