U n i t e d  N a t i o n s

General Assembly

C o u r t e s y ,

Special Announcement

UN General Assembly - 75th Anniversary

January 10, 1946 - January 10, 2021


"Excellencies,  I am delighted to address this commemoration of the General Assembly’s first meeting that took place in this very Hall 75 years ago today.

Since that initial meeting, the General Assembly has met in 75 sessions to discuss and act on the topics that matter most to our people.  The General Assembly has evolved. It has grown from 51 members to 193 today.  But it still remains a shining example of multilateralism where every country, no matter how big or small, gets one equal vote.  And it remains a sanctuary where nations can peacefully address their differences and find solutions to global challenges.

As we recover from COVID-19 and move together towards a greener, more equitable world, we will continue to be guided and inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Over the past 75 years, we have achieved more together than we could have apart. As we move into the next 75 years and our world becomes ever more connected, let us tighten those bonds, so we can best protect and deliver for the peoples we serve.  Thank you."

Quote Courtesy, 

Quote Courtesy, Volkan Bozkir (President of the General Assembly)

at the "We the Peoples", an event in London to

commemorate the General Assembly’s 75th anniversary

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What is the UN General Assembly?

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The following definition excerpt is a Courtesy of Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA or GA; French: Assemblée Générale AG) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN), the only one in which all member nations have equal representation, and the main deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN. Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General of the United Nations, receive reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions.[1] It has also established numerous subsidiary organs.[2]


The General Assembly currently meets under its president or secretary-general in annual sessions at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City, the main part of which lasts from September[3] to December and resumed part from January until all issues are addressed (which often is just before the next session's start). It can also reconvene for special and emergency special sessions. Its composition, functions, powers, voting, and procedures are set out in Chapter IV of the United Nations Charter. The first session was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Methodist Central Hall in London and included representatives of 51 nations.


Voting in the General Assembly on certain important questions, namely, recommendations on peace and security, budgetary concerns, and the election, admission, suspension or expulsion of members is by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting.


Other questions are decided by a straightforward majority. Each member country has one vote. Apart from approval of budgetary matters, including adoption of a scale of assessment, Assembly resolutions are not binding on the members. The Assembly may make recommendations on any matters within the scope of the UN, except matters of peace and security under Security Council consideration.[4] The one state, one vote power structure potentially allows states comprising just five percent of the world population to pass a resolution by a two-thirds vote.[5]


During the 1980s, the Assembly became a forum for the "North-South dialogue": the discussion of issues between industrialized nations and developing countries. These issues came to the fore because of the phenomenal growth and changing makeup of the UN membership. In 1945, the UN had 51 members. It now has 193, of which more than two-thirds are developing countries. Because of their numbers, developing countries are often able to determine the agenda of the Assembly (using coordinating groups like the G77), the character of its debates, and the nature of its decisions. For many developing countries, the UN is the source of much of their diplomatic influence and the principal outlet for their foreign relations initiatives.


Although the resolutions passed by the General Assembly do not have the binding forces over the member nations (apart from budgetary measures), pursuant to its Uniting for Peace resolution of November 1950 (resolution 377 (V)), the Assembly may also take action if the Security Council fails to act, owing to the negative vote of a permanent member, in a case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression. The Assembly can consider the matter immediately with a view to making recommendations to Members for collective measures to maintain or restore international peace and security.[4]


Read more at the following website:  http://www.un.org/en/ga/about/background.shtml

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