UN General Assembly opens new session with Ukraine in focus

The UN General Assembly has opened its 77th session. Attention is on what delegates from member countries will say regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The session began on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.

In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed that the world is facing various challenges such as conflicts and poverty.

He called for peace and solidarity, saying the world is looking to the assembly members to use all tools at their disposal "to negotiate and forge consensus and solutions."

Representatives from member countries, including government leaders and foreign affairs chiefs, will deliver speeches to the assembly from next Tuesday.

The speeches will take place in person for the first time in three years. Pre-recorded speeches were used in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The focus will be on what the delegates will say about their stance on the ongoing fierce fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces.

A ministerial-level meeting of the UN Security Council will take place on September 22 in tandem with the assembly session. Intense debates are expected as the gathering will likely bring together delegates from Western nations, Russia and China.

Other issues to be discussed at the UN in the coming days include the global food crisis and surging energy prices stemming from the situation in Ukraine. Another focus is whether the international community will be able to unite in supporting developing nations.