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 of the high-level events during the opening of the annual General Assembly sessions.


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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

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

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

SDG Moment

The SDG Moment was convened virtually by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to identify changes needed to recover better from COVID-19 and deliver the SDGs over the next decade. A “reality check” on progress on the SDGs was followed by a session on SDG gaps and plans, with interventions by 21 nominated Heads of State and Government. Contributions from stakeholders then addressed finance for the decade, climate solutions, and inequality.  
Event 18 September 2020