Introducing myself, this podcast, the UN and General Assembly with statements of the current (and previous) president of the GA, Secretary-General of the UN, Brazil and USA.
A few months after its recording I finally decided to realease the first episode. It starts with a short introduction of myself and this podcast project and the idea behind it.
Then I introduce the institutions that I talk about here in the coming episodes. The United Nations (UN), the General Assembly (GA) and the General Debate. With the help of short clips from the old and new president of the GA I try to understand myself what the UN is doing.
After that we hear clips of people talking about the General Debate and what they do in that eventful week. With the first 4 statements I finally jump into the General Debate for real.
The Secretary-General of the UN is talking about the UN itself and his new job as Secretary-General.
The President of the General Assembly addresses the delegates and remembers them that people outside expect results from the UN.
Brazil starts as the first country because they always are the first ones. Speaking about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement it begins with two of the most common topics mentioned during the General Debate. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was mentioned during the Debate here for the first time, which later that year led to the Peace Nobel Prize.
The USA had the first UN speach by Trump. Topics were: the USA has a good economy, the UN has a lot of potential, North Korea is a threat and were threatened, the Iran Deal is bad, refugee crisis, UN reforms and the Human Rights Council, Cuba isn't the feel good story this year and Venezuela has a bad economic system.
The UN General Assembly:
The first 4 statements: