UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman spoke in Washington, DC on Friday on the security situation in Africa and the Middle East, including updates on Mali, Somalia, and Syria.
After three days of high octane, big name speeches, the fourth day of the General Debate comes as a bit of a time to take a breath. Today's line-up is short on Heads of State, but there are still plenty of Heads of Government and many voices that you won't get much opportunity to hear outside of the General Assembly.
The General Debate marches on today, giving us another opportunity to provide a rundown of speakers for you. Thursday has some marquee addresses in the morning session, including a pair separated by only one name on the list that will draw the vast majority of the attention today.
Yesterday's article giving a rundown of when world leaders came to the rostrum of the General Assembly proved popular enough that we're going to keep the series going throughout the week. Wednesday's speeches include some of the most highly anticipated of this year's session.
Though the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly officially opened last week, when most people think of the annual UNGA it's this week that comes to mind. General Debate starts on Tuesday, the time when Heads of State and Government from around the world converge on Turtle Bay to speak their minds.
The Palestinian Authority is making waves at the United Nations over its status for the second year in a row. The Palestinians may opt to bypass the U.N. Security Council entirely, taking its claim to the General Assembly's 193 Member States.
Azerbaijan and Armenia could be set for another flare-up after the pardon of a convicted murderer. The two Caucasus states have been at each others' throats for almost 90 years, but have managed to keep a relative, though highly strained, peace for the last two decades. That may change for the worse.