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What is the UNGA?

Every September, world leaders and representatives from 193 countries come together at the United Nations HQ in New York city  to discuss - and encourage action on - some of the biggest issues facing our planet.

       
Above: The United Nations headquarters, New York City. Source: Wikipedia Commons

This crucial meeting is the UNGA - the United Nations General Assembly - and this year is the 76th anniversary, hence the 76!  Kicking off on the 14th of September, UNGA 76 will continue until the end of the month.
Above: The United Nations General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarters. Source: Wikipedia Commons
Above: The United Nations General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarters. Source: Wikipedia Commons


So what exactly is being discussed this year at UNGA, and what's at stake?

During the course of the two weeks, multiple high-level events will be taking place, attended by key-decision makers and world leaders.


 

TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE EVENT (22 Sept)

What is it? 

The event will showcase transformative actions for nature taken by world leaders since the 2020 Leaders Event, which launched the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature (LPN) - a commitment to reversing nature and biodiversity loss by 2030.

Above: World leaders endorsing the LPN in 2020

Why does this event matter?

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And why are the next 10 years so important?

Unless world leaders urgently step up their efforts to tackle climate change and protect nature - our biggest ally against the climate crisis - global temperatures could rise above the 1.5 degree Celsius limit set by the Paris agreement as early as 2030, a decade earlier than previously expected. Any further increase in temperatures could mean irreversible damage to our planet.

FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT (23 Sept)

Why is this summit important?