The annual opening of the UN General Assembly is always one the most important weeks on the diplomatic calendar. This year the Global Dispatches podcast has partnered with the United Nations Foundation to provide listeners with news and expert analysis to give you the context you need to understand what is driving the diplomatic agenda at the United Nations during this key week.

We recorded today’s episode live at 4pm ET Monday afternoon September 20.

It has been a busy day at the United Nations. 

Leaders who are attending in person have begun to arrive in New York. This includes South Korean President Moon Jae-in who introduced his special envoys — South Korean K-Pop megastars BTS who performed during a special day-long event at the General Assembly in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Also today, the Secretary General convened a closed-door meeting with select international players to discuss climate change.

We have two guests for you today to discuss the key events on the first day of High Level Week.

First I interview the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Amina J Mohammed about her key priorities for this United Nations General Assembly and who previews the week ahead at the UN. 

Next I speak with Yamide Dagnet, director of climate negotiations at the World Resources Institute who explains the significance of the Secretary General’s closed-door meeting and identifies key moments for climate diplomacy this week. 

If you have 25 minutes and want to better understand what is driving diplomacy during #UNGA76, have a listen.

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