Devex, IRIN Look Ahead To UNGA Meetings This Week, Including Speeches By Guterres, Trump

Devex: U.N. reform, Trump, the SDGs, and moonshots: 6 things to watch at Global Goals Week
“A new United Nations chief bent on reform. An unpredictable American president set to deliver his first address. Persistent humanitarian crises and flaring global hotspots. Emerging technologies that could revolutionize — or disrupt — efforts to end poverty and fight disease. There is plenty to ponder and discuss in New York next week, as international delegations arrive for Global Goals Week — the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly…” (Igoe et al., 9/15).

Devex: Amid global crises, UNGA will show development community rising to the challenges
“…Friday I went to see the new and outspoken U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the Nigerian architect who engineered the Sustainable Development Goals. I asked her what this UNGA would be about. She was characteristically blunt. ‘We are on a path to recalibrating our role in a very messed up world. That includes every single one of the members. Trump is a member of the U.N., and they must never forget that. Actions are about collective responsibility,’ she said…” (Kumar, 9/18).

Devex: DSG Amina Mohammed clarifies reform plans for U.N.’s role in ‘messed up’ world
“…Mohammed spoke ahead of Global Goals Week, and a high-level meeting on U.N. reform on Monday, and offered a rare insight into how a reworking of the fragmented U.N. system might actually look. She also discussed why it will not signify a merging of messaging with the Trump administration’s international agenda, which seeks wholesale reforms and funding cuts, but has not specified how U.N. reform would look in practice…” (Lieberman/Kumar, 9/18).

IRIN: Six major humanitarian challenges confronting the U.N. General Assembly
“It’s the first UNGA since Trump was elected president. He’ll make his debut on Monday in hosting a meeting on U.N. reform, ahead of his maiden speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday. It’s also the first year at the helm for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. His speech opening high-level week on Tuesday will be closely watched, as will his handling of Trump’s U.S. administration. … Here’s our guide to the major humanitarian issues…” (Oakford, 9/18).