Call for renewed commitment to multilateralism at opening of General Assembly Debate
As world leaders gathered on 24 September for the opening of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, John W. Ashe, President of the General Assembly, appealed to them to renew their commitment to work together to eradicate poverty and foster economic and social prosperity for people across the world through a new development agenda. “Effective multilateralism takes dogged determination and a commitment to negotiate and work cooperatively, especially if the quest is to evolve towards a shared consensus that is both broad and lasting,” said Mr. Ashe.

The theme for this year’s session is ‘The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage.' Beginning Tuesday and continuing through 1 October, the General Debate will provide an opportunity to identify the parameters of the post-2015 sustainability agenda, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals. So far, 84 heads of State, 41 heads of Government, 11 Deputy Prime Ministers and 65 Foreign Ministers are scheduled to address the Assembly on sustainable development, poverty eradication, climate change, human rights, and peace and security issues.

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