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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)

What is it? 

The first-of-its-kind Food Summit (23rd Sept) will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), each of which relies in some way on healthier, fairer, and more sustainable food systems.

Yet, one-third of all food produced still goes to waste and our food systems are not making people healthy - 690 million people go hungry while over 2 billion are obese or overweight

CLIMATE WEEK (20-26 Sept)

What is it?

This is the first UNGA discussion on energy since the early 1980s. The decisions made here will influence the global energy industry for the next decade and beyond.

Why is this important?


From record global temperatures to an increasing number of wildfires, floods and droughts, the effects of the climate crisis are getting increasingly hard to ignore. Climate change is also a key driver of biodiversity loss and can lead to growing food insecurity.

We must halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 if we are to keep global warming to 1.5℃...

...beyond which the world will experience the most devastating climate impacts.

HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON ENERGY (26-27 Sept)

How do I fit in amidst all this?

One of the most powerful things you can do is to spread the word about UNGA, and why this crucial conference matters!

If more people have their eyes and ears on UNGA, the more pressure we can put on world leaders to make the right decisions - decisions that ensure a brighter future for both people and planet.

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