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A calendar of UN General Assembly events worth tuning in to

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UNGA 2017. It's on.
  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Senior reporter

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The program of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and related events is typically overwhelming, due to sheer breadth, jargon-packed development-speak, and the time-honored UN tradition of treating announcements as achievements. But there are also genuinely interesting and important conversations throughout the week-long gathering, which begins today.

Here’s a list of events chosen for their appeal to the real world. It includes the political speeches expected to stir up the most conversation, panels about innovation and development (technology against terrorism, internet for all), discussions of fundamental rights (women’s health, migration), and the most interesting cultural happenings. Most require advance registration to attend, but the big ones can be live-streamed.

18 SeptemberEventOrganizationDetails
2:30 PMGlobal Mayors summit on migration and refugee policy and practiceBill De Blasio, Concordia SummitMore information
4:30 PMWorld Leaders for Universal Health Coverage: the core driver to achieve the SDGsUN, Rockefeller FoundationMore information
5:00 PMTech against terrorismTech against terrorismMore information
6:00 PMA short history of food and humansColumbia UniversityMore information
8:30 PMGovernment Blockchain Professionals Group: International Case StudiesMeetupMore information
19 SeptemberEventOrganizationDetails
9:00 AMAddress by UN secretary general Antonio GuterresUNGAMore information
~9:30 AMDonald Trump, president of the United StatesUNGAMore information
11:00 AMParental leave as a key to prosperity
– and other true stories
UN WomenMore information
11:30 AMUsing data and technology to achieve sustainable development goalsUnited Nations FoundationMore information
~12:00 PMEmmanuel Macron, president of FranceUNGAMore Information
3:15 PMProviding internet for allWorld Economic ForumMore Information
September 20EventOrganizationDetails
9:00 AMWE Day—a meeting between world leaders and youth delegatesWEMore information
9:00 AMGoalkeepers—a Gates Foundation day-long event on achieving development goalsGates FoundationMore information
~10:00 PMHassan Rouhani, president of IranUNGAMore information
~11:00 PMDonald Tusk, president of the European CouncilUNGAMore information
~12:00 PMShinzo Abe, prime minister of JapanUNGAMore information
~12:30 PMTheresa May, prime minister of the United KingdomUNGAMore information
~4:00 PM Faiez Mustafa Serraj, president of LibyaUNGAMore information
September 21EventOrganizationDetails
8:00 AMProgress, opportunities, and challenges in the efforts to combat antimicrobial resistanceUN FoundationMore information
2:30 PMGender equality, data and decision makingEqual Measures 203More information
3:30 PMMobilizing the private sector to address the refugee crisisTENTMore Information
6:30 PMMigration and the 2030 AgendaODIMore information
September 22EventOrganizationDetails
7:00 AMMeeting of the Troika+ of Women Leaders on gender and climate changePermanent mission of IrelandMore information
1:30 PMA Conversation with Luis Videgaray Caso (secretary of foreign affairs, Mexico)Council on Foreign RelationsMore information

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