World leaders gather for UN General Assembly: President Sirisena arrives in NY

World leaders gather for UN General Assembly: President Sirisena arrives in NY

Written by Keshala Dias

18 Sep, 2017 | 7:15 pm

Security has been tightened across New York city as leaders from around the world gather for the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New York today, flanked by First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena.

President Sirisena was greeted by Foreign Secretary, Prasad Kariyawasam, and members of the Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the UN, in New York.

The United Nations, an intergovernmental organisation tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order, was established on October 24, 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict.

The General Assembly which is part of the five main functions of the United Nations, meets under its President or Secretary General in annual sessions, in order to address the issues faced by the world and respective countries.

The first session was convened on January 10, 1946, in the Methodist Central Hall in London and included representatives of 51 nations, which now accounts to 193 nations.

The General Assembly is taking place against a backdrop of droughts, floods and hurricanes, including two  that have ravaged parts of Texas, Florida and the Caribbean in the past few weeks, making climate change one of the most important topics.

The North Korean missile crisis, a dire humanitarian situation in Myanmar and Iran nuclear crisis will top the agenda at tomorrow’s General Assembly which will convene under its new Secretary General, António Guterres.

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