22 to 26 September and 29 September 2020


"The Future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action."


This year, because of the pandemic, world leaders were invited to send in pre-recorded videos of their speeches which were broadcast “as live”.

Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the UN

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, introduced the annual report on the activities of the Organization at the opening of the general debate.

UN 75th anniversary commemoration

At the high-level meeting Member States formally adopted a declaration on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Organization. The UN75 Report Document in PDF, summarizing the findings of the global dialogues was also shared.

For delegations

The 2020 Delegates Handbook edition provides information on all services available to delegates, including about the innovative approaches adopted by the Secretariat to ensure business continuity during the general debate.

Plenary meetings of the debate

 Video on-demand of all statements


22 September: AM meeting | PM meeting

23 September: AM meeting | PM meeting

24 September: AM meeting | PM meeting

25 September: AM meeting | PM meeting

26 September: AM meeting | PM meeting

29 September: AM meeting | PM meeting

Multimedia resources

UN Web TV provides live and on-demand coverage of the general debate and other high-level events.

UN News produces daily news content, also available on the UN News app.

UN Meetings Coverage provides in-depth, speaker-by-speaker summaries of the general debate.

UN Social Media posts regular updates about the general debate. Join the conversation with #UNGA !

United Nations Photo covers UN meetings and events, including the general debate.

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Key Documents