What have been the themes of the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly?
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2022
A theme for the general debate is suggested for each session of the General Assembly, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 58/126 of 19 December 2003.
The themes listed below can be found in the document A/Session/250 issued each year, "Organization of the regular session of the General Assembly, adoption of the agenda and allocation of items: 1st report of the General Committee".
The themes can also be found in the "Information note for delegations" issued prior to each session, or in letters posted on the President of the General Assembly website announcing the theme to Member States, but these notes and letters are often only issued in English.
|77||2022||A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges|
|76||2021||Building resilience through hope — to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people and revitalize the United Nations|
|75||2020||The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism — confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action|
Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion
|73||2018||Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies|
|72||2017||Focusing on people — striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet|
|71||2016||The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world|
|70||2015||The United Nations at 70 — a new commitment to action|
|69||2014||Delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015
|68||2013||The post-2015 development agenda: setting the stage|
|67||2012||Bringing about adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means|
|66||2011||The role of mediation in the settlement of disputes by peaceful
|65||2010||Reaffirming the central role of the United Nations in global governance|
|64||2009||Effective responses to global crises: strengthening multilateralism and dialogue among civilizations for international peace, security and development|
|63||2008||The impact of the global food crisis on poverty and hunger in the world as well as the need to democratize the United Nations (link to letter below)|
|62||2007||Responding to climate change|
|61||2006||Implementing a global partnership for development|
|60||2005||For a stronger and more effective United Nations: the follow-up and implementation of the High-level Plenary Meeting in September 2005|
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