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General Debate at UN General Assembly Begins

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Without pause and after three days of the Sustainable Development Summit, governments from 193 countries begin another marathon of speeches today to start the 70th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. As is tradition, Brazil, in the person of its president, Dilma Rousseff, will open the list of speakers, covering a whole week, and will be followed by the president of the United States, the host country of the world organization, Barack Obama.

In the morning session of the first day there will also be speeches by the heads of state of Poland, Andrzej Duda; Russia, Vladimir Putin, Iran, Hassan Rouhani; France, Francois Hollande, and Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, among others up to 17.

The evening will have a strong Latin American presence with the attendance of the presidents of Chile, Michele Bachelet; Cuba, Raul Castro; Argentina, Cristina Fernández; Paraguay, Horacio Cartes; Ecuador, Rafael Correa; Bolivia, Evo Morales, and Peru, Ollanta Humala, and 13 others.

This year the debates include special meeting devoted to the 70th anniversary of the UN, which met on 24 October.

After the summit on sustainable development concluded here yesterday, a high-level debate on peace and security, to be held on 1 and 2 October is scheduled.

The agenda for the year contains hot topics in the world today as the fight against poverty and climate change, which includes disarmament, trade, economy, security, combating terrorism, peace missions of the UN, health and many others are added aspects.

As in previous years, the call is for a reform of the Security Council and revitalization of the General Assembly. (PL)

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