General Assembly opens its 68th session in New York

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John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, President of the General Assembly’s 68th session.

The United Nations General Assembly opened its 68th session in New York on Tuesday afternoon.

The President of the Assembly, John Ashe, of Antigua and Barbuda said he intends to convene three high-level events and thematic debates on the post-2015 development agenda.

He said they will deal with the role of women, the young and civil society in the post 2015 development agenda, the role of human rights and cooperation among developing countries, as well between developing countries and their partners.

Mr. Ashe underlined the importance of the role of women and the young in promoting development.

"We simply cannot reach our development goals or advance human wellbeing without addressing the needs and challenges of women and young while also making use of the contributions of both. And, as we remind ourselves, at the recent Rio+20 conference, governments cannot do it alone in the implementation of any development agenda." (25")

Mr. Ashe called on the diplomats to explore where and how the United Nations can partner more actively with civil society to promote the development agenda.

In the next two weeks, world leaders will gather in New York for the general debate on a variety of issues.

More than 130 Heads of State or Government and at least at least 60 Foreign Ministers are expected to attend.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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