Tuesday, 24 September 2019 11:13


World leaders will gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York this week for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

All eyes will be on the general debate podium from September 24 to 30, when dozens of leaders will use what has been called the world's largest diplomatic platform to highlight the issues that matter most to their countries. 

Here's a look at the tentative speaker schedule for Day 1; it is subject to change. 

Morning session

The morning session begins at 9am local time with statements by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UNGA President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, followed by: 

  • Brazil
  • United States 
  • Egypt 
  • Turkey
  • Nigeria
  • Maldives
  • Qatar
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia 
  • Bolivia 
  • Jordan
  • South Korea 
  • Burkina Faso 
  • France
  • Chile 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

Afternoon session 

The afternoon session begins at 3pm local time.

  • Angola 
  • Portugal
  • Rwanda
  • Finland
  • Monaco
  • Niger
  • Netherlands
  • Argentina
  • Latvia
  • Slovakia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Poland
  • Marshall Islands
  • Lichtenstein 
  • Peru
  • Senegal
  • Italy 
  • Spain
  • New Zealand 
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • Morocco

Among the world leaders not attending this year's UNGA are embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is seen as illegitimate by more than 50 countries,Russian President Vladimir Putin,South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

However countries whose leaders will not be in attendance will send official delegations instead.