The following is an excerpt from MARIAM KHAN | September 19, 2016 | abcnews.go.com |
Amidst a weekend filled with terror that rocked major cities in New York and New Jersey, the world’s most powerful leaders have assembled to tackle the globe’s most pressing issues, including national security, climate change, nuclear proliferation and the refugee crisis.
The gathering -- the United Nations General Assembly -- will see more than 140 heads of state and delegations converge in New York City.
What Is the United Nations General Assembly?
The United Nations General Assembly, or UNGA, is one of the six principal structures of the United Nations, an intergovernmental organization with 193 members made up of sovereign states that promotes international cooperation.
The General Assembly gathers in yearly sessions to deliberate policy-making, discuss important issues of global concern such as peace and security, and handle budgetary matters for the U.N., playing a key role in the financing of peacekeeping.
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