Cepei at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

“Cepei’s follow-up to the Assembly is based on the fact that the UNGA is the institution that best represents multilateralism on the international stage, and both the response and recovery processes and the action of a strengthened multilateralism must be based on action-oriented, evidence-based and properly funded decisions.”

Javier Surasky

September 2, 2021

This document presents Cepei’s follow-up work to the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), focusing on the interventions of Latin American and Caribbean countries in the General Debate, to be held in September 21-27. 

September 14, 2021 marks the opening of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which will run until September 2022. Once again, this is an opportunity to move towards a strengthened multilateralism aligned with the 2030 Agenda.

As every year, the most politically important moment of the Assembly sessions comes during the General Debate, which takes place between September 21 and 27.

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Cepei has been monitoring the General Debate in real time, focusing on the participation of Latin American and Caribbean countries and publishing annual reports on its results. In doing so, Cepei seeks to contribute to the strengthening of the UNGA as the most democratic of the organization’s institutions, in which all its Member States participate with equal voting rights.

Main Findings

The lessons learned, the capacities gained and the mobilization of thought that COVID-19 produced show that the pandemic context is an opportunity to build back better.

Cepei will focus on the participation of Latin American and Caribbean countries. Through the Transparency Tracker initiative, Cepei will make available the statements made by the countries of the region in the General Debate regarding each of the SDGs.

This year, the presidency of the UNGA will be held by Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, who assures that to recover from COVID-19 it is essential to rebuild sustainability, respond to the needs of the planet, respect people's rights and revitalize the United Nations.

About the author

Javier Surasky

Ph.D. in International Relations (La Plata National University, Argentina) Master in International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action (International University of Andalucia). He has taught international cooperation courses at different postgraduate careers in Latin America and European universities.