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United Nations General Assembly 2022 High-Level Week

“A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.”

The theme of the 77th session of the General Assembly stems from the recognition that the world is at a critical moment in the history of the United Nations due to complex and interconnected crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, humanitarian challenges of unprecedented nature, a tipping point in climate change as well as growing concerns about threats to the global economy.

It is therefore necessary to find and focus on joint solutions to these crises and build a more sustainable and resilient world for all and for the generations to come.


The curtain rises on the busiest diplomatic season of the year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In the General Assembly General Debate, starting today, 20 September. Heads of State and Government explore solutions to the global challenges under the theme. This year’s General Debate, which runs through 26 September, is expected to be fully in-person.

Watch the meeting live and on demand at UN Web TV or on the General Debate website.

Africa is represented well at the high-level meeting of global leaders.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa had an audience with US President Joe Biden. Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera are also expected to attend the summit.

20 September Africa in the General Session

21 September 2022 Africa in the General Session

  • Nigeria President – H.E. Mr. Muhammadu Buhari
  • Rwanda President – H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame
  • Zambia President – H.E. Mr. Hakainde Hichilema
  • Madagascar President – H.E. Mr. Andry Nirina Rajoelina
  • Libya President – H.E. Mr. Mohamed Younis Menfi
  • Namibia President – H.E. Mr. Hage Geingob
  • Kenya President – H.E. Mr. William Samoei Ruto
  • Gabon President – H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba
  • Côte d’Ivoire President – H.E. Mr. Alassane Ouattara
  • Sierra Leone President – H.E. Mr. Julius Maada Bio
  • Ghana President – H.E. Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
  • Eswatini Head of State – H.M. Mr. King Mswati III
  • South Africa Minister for International Relations and Cooperation – H.E. Mr. Naledi Pandor

22 September 2022 Africa in the General Session

  • Botswana President – H.E. Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi
  • Niger President – H.E. Mr. Mohamed Bazoum
  • Gambia (Republic of The) President – H.E. Mr. Adama Barrow
  • Zimbabwe President – H.E. Mr. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
  • Guinea-Bissau President – H.E. Mr. Úmaro Sissoco Embaló
  • Comoros President – H.E. Mr. Azali Assoumani
  • Liberia President – H.E. Mr. George Manneh Weah
  • Somalia President – H.E. Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
  • Burundi President – H.E. Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye
  • Sudan President of the Transitional Government – H.E. Mr. Abdel-Fattah AlBurhan Abdelrahman Al-Burhan
  • Malawi President – H.E. Mr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera
  • South Sudan Vice President – H.E. Mr. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol Agany
  • United Republic of Tanzania Vice President – H.E. Mr. Philip Isdor Mpango
  • Uganda Vice President – H.E. Ms. Jessica Alupo
  • Guinea Prime Minister – H.E. Mr. Bernard Gomou
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