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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Joins 78th Session of UN General Assembly

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Joins 78th Session of UN General Assembly
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Joins 78th Session of UN General Assembly

The Journey to New York

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has embarked on a journey to New York to partake in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The journey took a total of 11 hours and 40 minutes, with the aircraft avoiding unfriendly countries by taking the northern route from Moscow to the USA.

78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly in its 78th session is expected to gather over 140 leaders and state representatives from all over the world. The high-level General Debate, the most anticipated event in the UN’s annual calendar, will begin on Tuesday following two weeks of meetings. The event provides a platform for world leaders and heads of state to outline their priorities for the upcoming year, advocate for cooperation on pressing issues, and, in some cases, call out their adversaries.

Themes and Discussions

This year’s General Debate is being conducted under the theme “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity”. The focus is on accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all. Several bilateral discussions are also expected to take place on the sidelines of the event.

The 193-member UN General Assembly debates matters of human rights, international law, and cooperation in economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields. The Assembly has the capacity to pass resolutions and declarations intended to outline the guiding principles of the organization. It is also tasked with addressing matters of international peace and security not currently being addressed by the UN Security Council.

Participants and Absentees

Approximately 150 leaders are expected to attend the high-level talks. However, unlike US President Joe Biden, some top leaders of the UN Security Council’s five permanent veto-wielding countries – the US, China, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom – will not be present at the high-level week. Reasons for their absence range from busy schedules to scheduling conflicts.

Key Topics

Given the diversity of speakers, the General Debate usually covers a range of regional and global interest issues. Last year’s predominant themes included efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and climate change, all of which are expected to again figure prominently during this year’s event. Concerns over China maritime security in the Pacific, supply chain disruptions, and human rights are also likely to emerge. Ongoing humanitarian crises in places such as Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Latin America, and their role in a global migration crisis, may also feature prominently.

Russian Delegation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the makeup of Russia’s delegation to the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The delegation, led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, includes Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, Chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee on International Affairs Grigory Karasin, Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, Chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky, and others. In recent years, Russia’s delegation to the UN General Assembly has consistently been headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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