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World Leaders Convene at the U.N. General Assembly

On Tuesday, September 19th the 78th session of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly began. Leaders representing more than 140 countries attended the 6-day event in New York. One of those leaders in attendance was Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, marking his first in-person appearance at the U.N. since Russia’s 2022 invasion of his country. The U.N. General Assembly provides a platform for member states to promote their agenda while at the same time come together through diplomacy and address the most pressing issues which confront the world at large.

What happened in New York?

Instructors: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

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Videos

News Articles

United Nations General Assembly leaders look for unity over crises

BBC NEWS

September 18, 2023

United Nations General Assembly leaders look for unity over crises – BBC News

Western leaders defend slow progress to end global inequality as UN summit starts

THE GUARDIAN

September 18, 2023

Western leaders defend slow progress to end global inequality as UN summit starts | United Nations | The Guardian

Everything you need to know about this year’s meeting of leaders at the UN General Assembly

AP

September 18, 2023

UN General Assembly: Everything you need to know | AP News

World leaders gather at the UN this week. Here’s what to watch for

CNN

September 18, 2023

UN General Assembly 2023: What to watch for as world leaders gather | CNN

UN General Assembly: What to expect as world leaders gather this week

ALJAZEERA

September 18, 2023

UN General Assembly: What to expect as world leaders gather this week | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

At UN, Kenya’s president asks world not to leave Haiti behind

REUTERS

September 21, 2023

At UN, Kenya’s president asks world not to leave Haiti behind | Reuters

As the UN turns: Relationships to watch as world leaders gather

POLITICO

September 17, 2023

As the UN turns: Relationships to watch as world leaders gather – POLITICO

Netanyahu’s 5 high, 2 lows — From Biden, Saudi talks, AI to Zelensky 

JERUSALEM POST

September 25, 2023

Biden, Saudi talks, and AI: Netanyahu’s high and lows from US trip – Israel News – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

Assessment

Writing: What is the significance of the U.N. General Assembly?

Debate: What are the most pressing issues confronting U.N. members states?

Poll: Should the U.N. Security Council be restructured even if it means permanent members lose influence?

Short Answer: What are the ramifications of mistrust among U.N. member states?

News Quiz

 

True/False

There are 193 members of the United Nations. (T/F)

Leaders representing more than 181 countries recently attended the U.N. General Assembly. (T/F)

U.N. member states are increasingly concerned about maintaining stability on the African continent. (T/F)

Multiple Choice

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres describes the distribution of power on the world stage as?

  1. Unipolar.
  2. Bipolar.
  3. Multipolar.
  4. Polar.

Which of the following countries is not a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council?

  1. India.
  2. France.
  3. United Kingdom.
  4. China.

All the following is true concerning the 78th session of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly EXCEPT.

  1. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attended.
  2. S. President Joe Biden attended.
  3. It was characterized as harmonious.
  4. It was a 6-day event that took place in New York.

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