In Focus: 75th session of the UN General Assembly

UN logo in the General Assembly hall at UN headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

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The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on 15 September, with the High-level General Debate taking place from 22 to 26 September and concluding on 29 September 2020. Under the theme, “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action”, the General Assembly will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations through a High-level meeting on 21 September.

The 75th session of UNGA comes a quarter century after the adoption of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995, a comprehensive blueprint for women’s rights and gender equality around the world. The session will mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action with a High-level event where world leaders are expected to present actions to accelerate the full realization of gender equality.

With COVID-19 continuing to disrupt lives and economies around the world and putting at risk the hard-won gains of women’s rights, gender equality is on top of the agenda for decision-makers this year as they convene, mostly virtually, at UNGA 75.

Through a host of side-events, intergenerational and intergovernmental conversations, UN Women is spotlighting the need to place women and girls front and centre of COVID-19 response. As part of its Generation Equality campaign and Forum, UN Women will convene women and youth leaders and diverse partners to catalyze collective action for gender equality.

Watch this space for news and updates on gender equality at UNGA 75.

Top stories

25 Years of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

COVID-19, Women and the Economy

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