Opening of the General Debate 9/19/2017

New York, USA
September 19, 2017

Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano arrives at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York for the opening of the General Debate of the 72nd UN General Assembly (GA) on September 19, 2017.

Several Heads of State/Government and other senior foreign representatives join the annual general debate of the said assembly, headed by His Excellency Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia as President, where they share insights on pressing world issues.

Secretary Cayetano attends the event as the representative of the Government of the Philippines, being a member country of the UN.

According to the UN website (, among the items included in the provisional agenda of the 72nd UNGA are economic growth, peace and security, development of Africa, human rights, humanitarian assistance efforts, among others.

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