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United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76)
September 14, 2021 - September 30, 2021
The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021.
The President-elect suggested to Member States the following theme for the 76th session: “Building resilience through hope – to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainability, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations”.
The international response to COVID-19 will be the focus of a crucial discussion for the next session of the General Assembly and well beyond. First, in continuing a coordinated health response to manage transmission and end the pandemic, especially in the wake of new strains. Second, in ensuring equitable access to vaccines. Third, in helping countries to overcome the socioeconomic impacts of, and economic devastation caused by, the pandemic.
COVID-19 has devastated health systems and exposed and exacerbated vulnerabilities and inequalities within and among countries. It has also brought to the forefront issues of connectivity – both digital and physical – and cast uncertainty on the sustainability and security of food networks, of trade, health, education and climate systems and of travel and tourism.