A Call for International Solidarity: UN General Assembly Opens Annual Debate
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Daily wrap of the opening of the 77th General Assembly General Debates


A rousing call for international solidarity greeted leaders gathering for the annual United Nations General Assembly debate, with Secretary-General António Guterres urging them to seize the potential of multilateralism.

"The Black Sea Grain Initiative has opened the pathway for the safe navigation of dozens of ships filled with much needed food supplies," he said, referring to the agreement allowing goods from Ukraine to reach markets in need around the world. "But each ship is also carrying one of today's rarest commodities: Hope."

At a meeting of women leaders, participants urged measures to achieve gender equality, pointing out that equal societies are more peaceful and more prosperous.

The United Nations General Assembly runs through 26 September.