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UNGA 2023: Ukraine’s Call for Support Dominates Global Agenda


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The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York promises to address critical global issues, with a focus on Ukraine, climate change, and the support for nations in the Global South.

This annual gathering of nations is marked not only by the presence of key leaders, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, but also notable absences, such as China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and France. The U.S. President, Joe Biden, is set to play a pivotal role in advancing global cooperation on these pressing challenges.


  1. Ukraine’s Quest for Support


Zelenskiy’s Address: President Zelenskiy’s in-person appearance at UNGA signifies a critical moment in the ongoing conflict. Ukraine seeks international support against the Russian invasion.


Counteroffensive Challenges: The Ukrainian counteroffensive faces challenges, and maintaining global interest and aid is vital. Resistance is growing, particularly among Republican sympathizers in the United States.


  1. Biden’s Vision for Global Leadership


Biden’s Address: President Biden will outline his administration’s vision for global leadership based on collaboration to address pressing global issues.


Biden’s Bilateral Meetings: Biden’s itinerary includes meetings with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. These meetings will touch on various topics, including diplomatic agreements and international partnerships.


  1. China’s Role and Global Dynamics


China’s Diplomacy: Behind the scenes, discussions with China, including a meeting between Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Malta, highlight China’s role in global affairs.


Alternative Forums: The absence of major global powers, including China and Russia, presents opportunities for the United States to strengthen its position in international forums.


  1. Focus on the Global South and Sustainable Development


Global South Priorities: Leaders at UNGA will address issues crucial to the Global South, reflecting a growing desire by wealthy nations to garner support for Ukraine and isolate Russia diplomatically.


Sustainable Development Goals: Negotiations will result in a political declaration on Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on combating poverty, inequality, and climate change.


  1. Reforming Multilateral Institutions


Reforming the U.N.: The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the path to global bipolarity underscores discussions on multilateral institution reform.


The United States’ Position: The absence of China and Russia provides an opportunity for the U.S. to reaffirm its commitment to international principles and advocate for a more representative and democratic U.N. and multilateral institutions.




The 78th UNGA session is set to address critical global challenges, with Ukraine’s plight, climate change, and support for the Global South taking center stage. While key leaders gather to seek solutions, the absence of major global powers opens doors for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to international cooperation and reform. The outcomes of this session will impact the trajectory of international relations and the pursuit of a more sustainable and equitable world.

Zain Saleem
Zain Saleem
Zain Saleem is an Islamabad-based Senior Journalist

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