UN General Assembly 76th session kicks off in New York

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Canan Kevser
15 September 2021, 11:12
Canan Kevser
15 September 2021, 11:12

The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened in New York on Tuesday, September 14.

This year, the Assembly will be chaired by Abdullah Shaheed from the Maldives, who made his remarks during the opening speech indicating to be "focused on general vaccination within the restoration of the world after Covid-19 pandemic."

Following his speech, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the countries for peace, solidarity and cooperation. "It's time to focus on combat with the common enemy, the pandemic", the official added.

The high-level week will take place on September 21-27, with 83 heads of states, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, 43 government leaders and 23 foreign ministers participating in the event in New York.

Ukraine outlines its three priorities for the new session

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has outlined Ukraine's three priorities for this session to the President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid.

“The key priority of our foreign policy, enshrined in the Foreign Policy Strategy, remains the fight against Russian aggression and the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The inaugural summit of the Crimea Platform, which consolidates the international efforts to de-occupy Crimea, took place in Kyiv on August 23. We expect the UN to provide full support for its activity as achieving the ultimate goal of the Crimea Platform – the return of Crimea – will restore respect for the UN Charter and stop gross violations of international law,” Kuleba said in a phone call.

The diplomat said that the second priority of Ukraine for the 76th session of the UN General Assembly will be to improve the living conditions of Ukrainians in the territories affected by Russian aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Explaining the third priority as overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences, Kuleba said: "Ukraine is ready for effective cooperation with the UN in order to strengthen the Ukrainian health care system and socio-economic protection of the most vulnerable categories of citizens."