United Nations 66th Session

14 Sep

On Tuesday, the 66th Session of the United Nations opened in New York with a new agenda and a new President of the General Assembly, Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, who has been Qatar’s permanent representative at the UN for the past 13 years.

The general debate of the new session, plus the traditional speeches by presidents, governors and foreign ministers will take place between September 21st and the 27th, with a high-level forum on the 22nd commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and a discussion on the Action Program adopted by the UN World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance.

Latin American issues are also on the agenda, including the situation in Haiti and Central America, the U.S. blockade of Cuba, and the Falkland Islands.

This session includes, as well as the annual Fourth Committee debate on the remaining Non-Self Governing Territories, a section looking at; “Central America: progress for the configuration of a region for peace, freedom, democracy and development” and “the question of the Falkland Islands.”

Fourth Committee consideration of the Falklands, Gibraltar and the remaining ex-colonial territories is due next month.

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