UN General Assembly

From 1992-1994, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin covered the United Nations General Assembly’s negotiations following up on the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED/Earth Summit). Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the UN General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking, and representative organ of the United Nations.

During this period, the General Assembly adopted resolutions that established the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, initiated negotiations on the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the UN Fish Stocks Agreement, organized the 1994 Conference of the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, and established 22 March as World Water Day.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin has also covered many high-level events organized under UN General Assembly auspices. These events include Climate Summits, the High-Level Dialogue on Energy, events marking the UN's 75th Anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, and SDG Moments. 


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2022 SDG Moment

The UN Secretary-General said this year’s SDG Moment arrived at a moment of “great peril” for our world and encouraged leaders to avoid the temptation of leaving development priorities for a sunnier day. The 90-minute event highlighted a few SDGs as particularly critical to achieving the world's ambitions for a better future, such as climate action (SDG 13) and equality (SDGs 5 and 10).
Event 19 September 2022


Amid a global pandemic and a triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss, there was a renewed sense of urgency around “implementation, implementation, implementation” at the Stockholm+50 conference, predicated on fairness and inclusion.
Event 2 June 2022 - 3 June 2022

High-level Dialogue on Energy

The first high-level meeting to tackle energy issues under the United Nations General Assembly in 40 years demonstrated broad interest in accelerating ambition towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) on affordable and clean energy and the net-zero emissions by 2050 goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Event 24 September 2021

SDG Moment 2021

Calls for transformational and generational change to realize the Sustainable Development Goals permeated the day-long virtual gathering, which featured a refreshing new format.
Event 20 September 2021

High-level Dialogue on Energy Ministerial Thematic Forums (HLDE 2021)

The Ministerial Thematic Forums for the HLDE launched reports prepared by Technical Working Groups, each with detailed recommendations for action needed, on five thematic topics also explored during the week by multi-stakeholder dialogues and ministerial sessions
Event 21 June 2021 - 25 June 2021

UN General Assembly High-Level Event on the Ocean

“There is no scenario where humans can prosper without the ocean.” The day's speakers called to accelerate progress on legally binding instruments to protect oceans from illegal fishing and marine plastic pollution.
Event 1 June 2021

High-Level Dialogue on Energy Technical Working Groups

Actors from UN and international agencies, national governments, and business, academic, and civil society organizations came together to provide input on five themes (energy access; energy transition; enabling SDGs through inclusive, just energy transitions; innovation, technology and data; and finance and investment) to inform the upcoming High-level Dialogue on Energy that will be held under the auspices of the UN General Assembly.
Event 22 February 2021 - 3 June 2021

Biodiversity Summit

The Summit focused on the theme “Urgent Action on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development,” to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 GBF that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, “Living in harmony with nature.”
Event 30 September 2020

Coverage of Selected Side Events at the UN Summits Week 2020

The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened with a gathering of world leaders from 23-29 September 2020. These leaders and other stakeholders participated in a series of summits, high-level meetings and side events.
Event 22 September 2020 - 29 September 2020

75th Anniversary of the UN The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism

The official commemoration of UN75, which took place at a socially distanced UN Headquarters, with Heads of State and Government joining virtually, focused on the theme of “The future we want, the United Nations we need: Reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism.” The meeting was addressed by 111 Heads of State and Government and 14 Ministers, who spoke in support of multilateralism and global solidarity, among other themes.  
Event 21 September 2020