Sep 16, 2019

The Month Ahead at the United Nations

September 2019


The UN General Assembly begins its 74th session on 17 September, with general debate beginning on 24 September. The President of the United States is expected to address the gathering that morning.

Five summits/high-level meetings follow next week:


The Russian Federation assumes the presidency of the Security Council in September.

Among other events: 

Reports and resources: 

  • The SDG Book Club offers reading lists to help children and their teachers discover new voices and concepts from around the world. In August, it included books about gender equality (SDG 5). In September it will offer selections about clean water and sanitation (SDG 6). The books are available in all six UN languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


International days:

International Day of Charity (5 September)

International Literacy Day (8 September)

International Day against Nuclear Tests (observed 9 September)

World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

UN Day for South-South Cooperation (12 September)

International Day of Democracy (15 September)

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (16 September)

International Day of Peace (observed 20 September)

International Day of Sign Languages (23 September)

World Maritime Day (26 September)

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (26 September)

World Tourism Day (27 September)

International Day for Universal Access to Information (28 September)

World Rabies Day (28 September)

International Translation Day (30 September)


For more information: