61st Session of the General Assembly

The 61st session of the General Assembly opened on Tuesday 12 September and will continue to run until September 2007. The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations. It is composed of representatives of all member states, each of which has one vote. More about the 61st session

Updates on the 61st Session

Second Committee: Introduction of draft decision on Sustainable Development
New York, 7 November 2006
The Second Committee met to take action on a number of draft resolutions, with various delegates introduced texts relating to sustainable development, operational activities for development, and strengthening the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance, for action later in the session.

Second Committee Debate on Sustainable Development
New York, 25 October 2006
The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its debate on the range agenda items dealing with sustainable development.

Sixty-first General Assembly High-Level Meeting on International Migration and Development
New York, 15 September 2006
The General Assembly concluded its two-day High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on Friday 15 September, with over 140 speakers addressing the two-day session.

Fighting poverty, UN reform to top General Assembly agenda, says new President
New York, 12 September 2006
As the General Assembly opened its 61st session today, the body’s new president promised to focus on alleviating extreme poverty and advancing the process of UN reform undertaken during the previous session.

General Committee Recommends Inclusion of more than 150 Items on agenda of Sixty-First General Assembly Session
New York, 12 September 2006
The General Committee of the sixty-first General Assembly recommended the inclusion of more than 150 items on the Assembly’s agenda for the session.

Outgoing UN Assembly President says momentum needed to sustain reform progress
New York, 11 September 2006
As the General Assembly moved to close its sixtieth session today, the body’s outgoing president, Jan Eliasson, hailed the unprecedented reforms achieved during his tenure while cautioning that greater effort is needed to sustain that momentum during the coming session.

Secretary-General’s Report on the Organisation recommends new MDG Targets
New York, 16 August 2006
The UN Secretary-General’s tenth and last annual report provides an overview of the Organisation’s main achievements and challenges during the past 12 months. The report also includes information on the progress made in implementing the Millennium Declaration.

Report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development
New York, 10 August 2006
This report, prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/193, will be discussed by the General Assembly’s Second Committee under Agenda item 52 (a) of the provisional agenda. The report provides an update on actions taken by Governments, organizations of the United Nations system and major groups in advancing implementation of sustainable development goals and targets, including through partnerships for sustainable development.

Secretary-General’s Note on Implementation of United Nation’s Environmental Conventions
New York, 7 August 2006
In relation to General Assembly Agenda Items 52 (d), (e) and (f) of the provisional agenda, the Secretary-General has transmit to the General Assembly the reports submitted by the secretariats of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

ECOSOC Committee for Programme Coordination
New York, September 2006
The 46th session of the ECOSOC Committee for Programme Coordination took place from 14 August through 8 September 2006. The Committee addressed the proposed strategic framework for the period 2008-2009 Part two: biennial programme plan Programme 11 Environment.

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