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77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly is going to take place in New York City, USA. The theme of the 77th UNGA is ‘A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges’.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is going to participate in the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He will also host a Ministerial meeting of the G4 – India, Brazil, Japan, and Germany – as well as participate at the High Level Meeting of the L-69 Group on ‘Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council’.
The L-69 Group consists of developing countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and Small Island Developing States, focused on reforms of the UN Security Council.

77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Updates

Quad (India, the U.S., Australia, and Japan) Foreign Ministers met on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to sign a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) partnership into effect. Under the HADR partnership, the member countries will coordinate their disaster response operations in the Indo-Pacific region.

About QUAD

Quad is a grouping of four democracies –the US, India, Australia and Japan. Being democratic nations and sharing common interest of free maritime trade and security, they find it suitable to join a common platform. Quad aims to ensure and support a “free, open and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region.

The idea of Quad was first mooted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007.

Additionally, G-4 countries met on the sidelines of UNGA session, highlighting ‘urgent need’ for reform in U.N. Security Council (UNSC).

About G-4 Countries

The G4 is a grouping of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan. They share common aspiration becoming permanent members of the UNSC. They are supporting each other’s bids for permanent membership of the UNSC.

The G4 nations traditionally meet on the sidelines of the annual high-level UNGA session. They reiterated their joint commitment to work toward text-based negotiations that lead to Reformed Multilateralism. They highlight the emerging complex global challenges which necessitates reform in UNSC to make it more inclusive and democratic.

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About UNGA

The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. It serves as the main deliberative, policymaking, and representative organ of the UN. Chapter IV of the United Nations Charter provides for its powers, composition, functions, and procedures.

Functions of UN General Assembly

The UNGA performs various functions. It is responsible for the approval of the UN budget, appointing the non-permanent members to the Security Council, appointing the UN secretary-general, receiving reports from other parts of the UN system, and making recommendations through resolutions. The UNGA is the only UN organ wherein all member states have equal representation.

Each year, the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms, 18 members of the Economic and Social Council for three-year terms, and 14–18 members of the Human Rights Council for three-year terms. It also elects the President of the next General Assembly session.
In elections to the International Court of Justice, five judges are elected for nine-year terms. These elections are held by General Assembly and the Security Council, with candidates needing to receive an absolute majority of the votes in both bodies.
The Assembly along with the Security Council, selects the next secretary-general of the United Nations.
The UN General Assembly meets under its president or the UN secretary-general in annual sessions at the General Assembly Building, within the UN headquarters in New York City, USA. These meetings generally runs from September to part of January until all issues are addressed. It can also reconvene for special and emergency special sessions. The first session of the UNGA was convened in 1946 in London and included representatives of the 51 founding nations.

UNGA members

All 193 members of the United Nations are members of the UNGA. Holy See and Palestine are observer states. The United Nations General Assembly may also grant observer status to an international organization or entity. Fir example, International Solar Alliance has been granted Observer status at the UNGA. Such an observer status entitles the entity to participate in the work of the United Nations General Assembly, though with limitations.

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United Nations General Assembly – FAQs

Q. Which summit of the UN General Assembly is going to take place?

Ans. 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly is going to take place in New York City.

Q. How many members are there in the UN General Assembly?

Ans. There are 193 members in the UN General Assembly.

Q. Where did the first summit of UN General Assembly took place?

Ans. The first summit of UN General Assembly took place in London.

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