Seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly

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Seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly
← 73rd 17 September 2019 – 16 September 2020 75th →
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General Assembly hall at United Nations Headquarters, New York City
Host country United Nations
Venue(s)United Nations Headquarters
CitiesNew York City, United States
ParticipantsUnited Nations Member States
PresidentTijjani Muhammad-Bande
Websitewww.un.org/en/ga/64

The Seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly is the current session of the United Nations General Assembly which was opened on 17 of September 2019 and will run until 16 September 2020

The theme for the 74th Session is "Effective responses to global crises: strengthening multilateralism and dialogue among civilizations for international peace, security and development."[1]

Organisation for the session[edit]

President[edit]

President of the 64th Session, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

On 4 June 2019, Nigerian diplomat and politician Tijjani Muhammad-Bande was elected by acclimation to the position of President of the General Assembly. At the time of his election, Muhammad-Bande was serving as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.[2]

In his first speech as President-elect of the General Assembly, Muhammad-Bande laid out some of his priorities for the session. Paramount among them was the need to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, with particular attention being paid to peace and security, poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education and climate action. He also pledged to focus on the promotion of human rights, as well as the empowerment of women and youth and gender parity in the United Nations system.[2][3][4]

Vice-Presidents[edit]

On 4 June 2019, the General Assembly elected the following countries as the vice-presidents of the 74th Session:[2][5][6]

The five permanent members of the Security Council:

As well as the following nations:

Committees[edit]

The following were elected as Chairs and officers of the General Assembly's Main Committees for the 74th Session:

First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)[2][6][7]
Name Country Position
H.E. Sacha Llorenty Solíz  Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Chair
Honorine Bonkoungou  Burkina Faso Vice-Chair
Amal Mudallali  Lebanon Vice-Chair
Peter Horne  Australia Vice-Chair
Szilvia Balázs  Hungary Rapporteur
Second Committee (Economic and Financial)[2][6][8]
Name Country Position
H.E. Cheikh Niang  Senegal Chair
Ahmad Saif al-Kuwari  Qatar Vice-Chair
Yuliana Zhivkova Angelova  Bulgaria Vice-Chair
Anat Fisher-Tsin  Israel Vice-Chair
David Mulet  Guatemala Rapporteur
Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)[2][6][9]
Name Country Position
H.E. Christian Braun  Luxembourg Chairperson
Gail Farngalo  Liberia Vice-Chair
Ara Margarian  Armenia Vice-Chair
María Emilia Eyheralde  Uruguay Vice-Chair
Firas Hassan Jabbar  Iraq Rapporteur
Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)[2][6][10]
Name Country Position
H.E. Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom  Iraq Chairperson
Ahmadou Ahidjo  Cameroon Vice-Chair
Andrea Bacher  Austria Vice-Chair
Peter Pindják  Slovakia Vice-Chair
Juan Antonio Benard Estrada  Guatemala Rapporteur
Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary)[2][6][11]
Name Country Position
H.E. Andreas Mavroyiannis  Cyprus Chairperson
Mohamed Fouad Ahmed  Egypt Vice-Chair
Giorgi Mikeladze  Georgia Vice-Chair
Luiz Feldman (17 September – 18 October 2019)  Brazil Vice-Chair
Thiago Poggio Padua (18 October 2019 – Present)
Yaron Wax  Israel Rapporteur
Sixth Committee (Legal)[2][6][12]
Name Country Position
H.E. Michal Mlynár  Slovakia Chairperson
Cecilia Anderberg  Sweden Vice-Chair
Amadou Jaiteh  Gambia Vice-Chair
Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga  Mexico Vice-Chair
Mohamed Hamad Al-Thani  Qatar Rapporteur

Seat allocation[edit]

As is tradition before each session of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General drew lots to see which member state would occupy the first seat in the General Assembly Chamber, with the other member states following according to the English translation of their name. For the 74th Session, Ghana was selected to sit in the first seat by Secretary-General António Guterres. This same order is followed in the six main committees, as well as other United Nations bodies.[2][13]

General Debate[edit]

Each member of the General Assembly will have a representative speaking about issues concerning their country and the hopes for the coming year as to what the UNGA will do. This is an opportunity for the member states to opine on international issues of their concern. The General Debate will occur from the 24th of September to the 30th of September 2019.

The order of speakers is given first to member states, then observer states and supranational bodies. Any other observers entities will have a chance to speak at the end of the debate if they so choose. Speakers will be put on the list in the order of their request, with special consideration for ministers and other government officials of similar or higher rank. According to the rules in place for the General Debate, the statements should be in one of the United Nations official languages of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish, and will be translated by the United Nations translators. Each speaker is requested to provide 20 advance copies of their statements to the conference officers to facilitate translation and to be presented at the podium. Speeches are requested to be limited to five minutes, with seven minutes for supranational bodies.[14]

Resolutions[edit]

The following are resolutions the General Assembly has passed in its 74th session.

Resolution Date Plenary or Committee Agenda Item Vote Passed Topic

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "64th session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations General Assembly. n.d. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j United Nations (4 June 2019). "Delegates Elect Permanent Representative of Nigeria President of Seventy-Fourth General Assembly by Acclamation, Also Choosing 20 Vice-Presidents". United Nations Meetings Coverage & Press Releases. United Nations. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  3. ^ Muhammad-Bande, Tijjani (4 June 2019). Tijjani Muhammad Bande (President-elect of the General Assembly) on his election as the President of the 74th session of the General Assembly (Speech). United Nations General Assembly Meeting. New York: United Nations. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (n.d.). "Vision Statement by the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, Ambassador Tijjani Muhammad-Bande as Candidate for President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly" (PDF). General Assembly of the United Nations. United Nations. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Delegates Handbook: Seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly" (PDF). United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. 2019. p. 21. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Manhire, Vanessa, ed. (2019). United Nations Handbook 2019-20 (PDF) (77th ed.). Wellington: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand. pp. 18–25. ISSN 0110-1951.
  7. ^ "Disarmament and International Security (First Committee): Bureau of the 74th Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee: Bureau of the 74th Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Issues (Third Committee): Bureau of the 74th Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth Committee): Bureau of the 74th Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Administrative and Budgetary Committee (Fifth Committee): Bureau of the Fifth Committee of the 74th Session". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Sixth Committee (Legal) — 74th session: Bureau". United Nations General Assembly. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  13. ^ "63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme: Information Note" (PDF). United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  14. ^ "63rd Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme, Geneva, 1 - 5 October 2012" (PDF). Unhcr.org. Retrieved 14 September 2019.