The World Next Week: Special Edition: UN General Assembly

This special edition of The World Next Week previews the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly. 

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Hosts
  • Stewart M. Patrick
    James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
  • Robert McMahon
    Managing Editor

Show Notes

In the coming weeks at the UN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the General Assembly; the European migrant crisis hits center stage; Syria and the collapse of order in the Middle East are debated; a special summit takes on special peacekeeping missions; Pope Francis speaks at the General Assembly pulpit and climate change policies are debated.

Climate Change

The UN Human Rights Council meets for a special session on the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on protesters; the COP27 conference draws to a close amid calls from developing countries to increase funding for climate damages; and the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins in Doha, Qatar, even as controversy lingers.

G20 (Group of Twenty)

The United States takes stock of the midterm election results; geopolitical tensions loom over the Group of Twenty summit in Bali, Indonesia; and conversation swirls around possible diplomacy between Russia and Ukraine.

Climate Change

Egypt hosts the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt; Americans vote in closely watched midterm elections; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, kicks off a month of summitry in Asia.

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