The opening session of the 68th UN General Assembly kicks off in New York today, to be followed by 2 weeks of related events and discussions. For anyone feelingbamboozled by how itallworks and most importantly, keen to learn more aboutthe spaces andmechanismsavailablefor young people to make their contributions to these debates, then here’s abriefoverviewto help make sense of this huge process…
The main meeting (or ‘opening’) of the General Assembly takes place in September every year with a different thematic focus for the year ahead. This year the main focus is to review the Millennium Development Goals, and to flesh out the next steps for what will happen when these expire in 2015, namely the ‘post-2015’ development process.The General Assembly is the main policy-making and representative body of the United Nations. Comprising all193 Members of the UN, it provides a powerful forum for global (multi-lateral) discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter.
So, if you are going to be in New York and want to get involved in the main ‘youth’ focussed opportunities then make sure to:
And if you’re not going to be in New York but you’d like to keep track of events from home you can: