Tuesday, September 25, 2018, UN Headquarters in New York City. The world leaders gathered this week in New York for the 73rd General Debate at the United Nations. The General Debate will occur from September 25 to October 1, 2018.
The theme for this year’s debate was chosen by President of 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa as “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: Global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies”.
General Debate at the United Nations is a wonderful opportunity for the member states, large or small, to be heard by a global audience. Most states will have a representative speaking about issues concerning their country and the hopes for the coming year.
The U.S. Department of State outlined 5 key objectives / policy themes and priorities that were addressed during the speech of the U.S. President Trump to the UN General Assembly on September 25: (1) Non-proliferation; (2) Humanitarian Assistance and Food Security; (3) Peace and Security; (4) Counterterrorism; and (5) UN Reform.
The US President Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that “America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination”.
“I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live, work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return,” he added.
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