The UN General Assembly: A Preview

Every September, heads of state from around the world gather at United Nations headquarters in New York for the UN General Assembly. This Assembly convenes member states as a deliberative body to resolve recommendations and suggestions to the UN Security Council, determine admission of new members, adopt the budget, and elect officers of UN organizations.

2016 will host the 71st UN General Assembly. With a huge agenda of international concerns, including the Leaders' Summit on Refugees, and the election of a new Secretary General. This year's UN General Assembly promises to affect the future of international affairs for years to come.

UN Photo/Yould The UN Charter being signed by a delegation at a ceremony held at the Veterans’ War Memorial Building on 26 June 1945.

UN Photo/Yould: The UN Charter being signed by a delegation at a
ceremony held at the Veterans’ War Memorial Building on 26 June 1945.

Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Department of State's Jeff Hay for a robust discussion on what to expect at this year's UN General Assembly and the policy priorities of the U.S. government, represented by President Obama and the Department of State.


About Jeff Hay

Jeff Hay joined the Department of State's Office of United Nations Political Affairs in June 2016, after completing a tour as a Political officer in Amman, Jordan. He also served in the Political Section in Budapest and as a Consular officer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Jeff worked for the Peace Corps for nearly twelve years, with tours in Washington, DC; Manila, Philippines; Moscow, Russia; and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He and his wife were Peace Corps Volunteers in Hungary in the early 1990s. They have two daughters. 

About the Department of State's Bureau of International Organizations & the Office of United Nations Political Affairs

The Bureau of International Organization Affairs is the U.S. Government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations and a host of international agencies and organizations. As such, the Bureau is charged with advancing the President’s vision of robust multilateral engagement as a crucial tool in advancing U.S. national interests. U.S. multilateral engagement spans the full range of important global issues, including peace and security, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, economic development, climate change, global health, and much more.

The Office of United Nations Political Affairs in the Bureau of International Organizations develops, coordinates, and implements U.S. policy on political issues before the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Office is also responsible for coordinating the Department of State’s participation in the UNGA General Debate each September. The Office provides assistance to the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York on host country issues.

September 13, 2016 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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