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In his first-ever interview since his massive victory for the post of President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly or UNGA,…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday pushed for the reforms in the global body

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At face value, the recovered artefacts might mean different things to different people. But, for the volunteers of India Pride Project, this means years of their tireless efforts coming to…

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Myanmar did not make a request to speak, UNGA president Abdulla Shahid clarifies to WION

There were reports that China, Russia and the United States had reached an understanding to prevent Myanmar's ambassador to UN Kyaw Moe Tun from addressing the general assembly

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Here to be seized of issues erupting all over world: UNGA president’s Chef de Cabinet

Naidu is a 1998 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, a fluent Chinese speaker, and an avid yoga practitioner. He has served in China and was also the National Coordinator for establishing the…

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'Indian media is 'better behaved' than the US': White House defends Biden's statement

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Silence after violence: Afghanistan, most important country right now, won't have a voice at UNGA

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Myanmar won't address world at UN, ousted Afghan government will

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Exclusive: St Kitts and Nevis foreign affairs minister thanks Indian PM Narendra Modi for Covid vaccines

Thanking Indian PM Narendra Modi for facilitating the timely distribution of Covid vaccines, St Kitts and Nevis Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley said it enabled him to attend the UNGA. The…

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'UNSC is frozen in time,' Indian Envoy to UN TS Tirumurti tells WION

'The big message was the presence of the Prime Minister in the UNGA in New York at a time when they are adopting a hybrid format," the envoy told WION after Narendra Modi's US trip

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'India a very important partner': Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei tells WION

Makei said that an agreement on strengthening ties between the ministries of foreign affairs to organise consultation on different issues between our ministers

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How young Indian women diplomats ripped Pakistan at UNGA

India's women diplomats have openly attacked Pakistan's policies at UNGA in the past few years spearheaded by Sneha's Dubey, Eenam Gambhir and Vidisha Maitra.

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Meet India's IFS officer Sneha Dubey who slammed Pak PM Imran Khan's Kashmir rant at UN General Assembly

India's young diplomat Sneha Dubey attacked Pakistan PM Imran Khan's comments on Kashmir at the UNGA. 

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Narendra Modi vs Imran Khan: Looking at how UNGA speeches of Indian and Pak prime ministers differ

Both the speeches reflected the different political thinking and the different values of India and Pakistan’s foreign policies. But more importantly, they differed in how Narendra Modi maintained…

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Decoding Taliban apologist Imran Khan's speech at UNGA: A rant mixed with lies and fiction

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India's top priority is UNSC reform and a permanent seat, reiterates foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

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Quad stands for rules-based international order, not directed at any country: Indian diplomat Shringla

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UN General Assembly

UN General Assembly

With the United Nations General Assembly, Quad summit and the meeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden, the last fortnight of September 2021 promises to be action-packed with days of diplomacy.

 

WION is broadcasting live and direct from the USA to bring you coverage of these historic events.

 

UNGA 2021 is returning to in-person format this year after being held virtually last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

 

Besides Covid, the pressing issues under discussion at UNGA 2021 include the continuing political crisis in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops and return of Taliban to power; the coup in Myanmar, climate crisis, and the missile tests by North Korea.

 

The UNGA 2021 is also taking place in the immediate aftermath of the formation of AUKUS partnership, under which the US will develop nuclear submarines for Australia, much to the chagrin of China, and France which had hoped to get the contract from Canberra.

 

President Biden is also holding a meeting of global leaders on the Covid crisis, with the aim to vaccinate majority of global population and emerge out of the pandemic by the end of 2022.

So, UN General Assembly 2021 is unlike any other in several ways. 

 

WION executive editor Palki Sharma and several reporters including chief diplomatic correspodent Siddhant Sibal and US correspondent Susan Tehrani are on the ground in Washington DC and New York to catch the action and bring you the developments as they happen.

 

Besides the live coverage, WION has also lined up a variety of shows and in-depth discussions and analysis for you from September 20 to 30. Watch our rolling coverage on WION channel, website and our social media handles.

 

Welcome to WION's special page on the in-depth coverage of these hectic days of diplomacy!

'I got two doses of Covishield from India', says 76th UNGA President Abdulla Shahid

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At face value, the recovered artefacts might mean different things to different people. But, for the volunteers of India Pride Project, this means years of their tireless efforts coming to…

Read Article

Myanmar did not make a request to speak, UNGA president Abdulla Shahid clarifies to WION

There were reports that China, Russia and the United States had reached an understanding to prevent Myanmar's ambassador to UN Kyaw Moe Tun from addressing the general assembly

Read Article

Here to be seized of issues erupting all over world: UNGA president’s Chef de Cabinet

Naidu is a 1998 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, a fluent Chinese speaker, and an avid yoga practitioner. He has served in China and was also the National Coordinator for establishing the…

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'Indian media is 'better behaved' than the US': White House defends Biden's statement

Joe Biden lauded the Indian media, calling it "better behaved" than the US media, during his first in-person bilateral meeting with PM Modi at the White House, criticising American reporters for…

Read Article

Silence after violence: Afghanistan, most important country right now, won't have a voice at UNGA

Ghulam Isaczai is the current UN ambassador, who represents Afghanista's government ousted by the Taliban, and has also asked to renew his accreditation. He was scheduled to address the final day…

Read Article

Myanmar won't address world at UN, ousted Afghan government will

Myanmar's current ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun was appinted by Aung San Suu Kyi government which was toppled by military junta. Afghan ambassador was appointed by Afghanistan's deposed government

Read Article

Exclusive: St Kitts and Nevis foreign affairs minister thanks Indian PM Narendra Modi for Covid vaccines

Thanking Indian PM Narendra Modi for facilitating the timely distribution of Covid vaccines, St Kitts and Nevis Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley said it enabled him to attend the UNGA. The…

Read Article

'UNSC is frozen in time,' Indian Envoy to UN TS Tirumurti tells WION

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'India a very important partner': Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei tells WION

Makei said that an agreement on strengthening ties between the ministries of foreign affairs to organise consultation on different issues between our ministers

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How young Indian women diplomats ripped Pakistan at UNGA

India's women diplomats have openly attacked Pakistan's policies at UNGA in the past few years spearheaded by Sneha's Dubey, Eenam Gambhir and Vidisha Maitra.

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Meet India's IFS officer Sneha Dubey who slammed Pak PM Imran Khan's Kashmir rant at UN General Assembly

India's young diplomat Sneha Dubey attacked Pakistan PM Imran Khan's comments on Kashmir at the UNGA. 

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PM Narendra Modi ends US visit with a powerful speech at UNGA, here's look back at his significant tour

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In pictures: 157 artefacts that PM Modi is bringing to India on his way back from US trip

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Narendra Modi vs Imran Khan: Looking at how UNGA speeches of Indian and Pak prime ministers differ

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India's top priority is UNSC reform and a permanent seat, reiterates foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

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Quad stands for rules-based international order, not directed at any country: Indian diplomat Shringla

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From pandemic to terrorism: Here are major highlights of PM Narendra Modi's UNGA speech

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PM Modi uses Rabindranath Tagore's words to end UN General Assembly speech: What it means

In his address to the United Nations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about several issues such as Afghanistan situation, Pakistan's role in terrorism, climate crisis, green hydrogen,…

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'I got two doses of Covishield from India', says 76th UNGA President Abdulla Shahid

UN General Assembly's 76th session President Abdulla Shahid said, he received the two doses of Covishield vaccine. He added a “large portion” of other countries in the world have also been…

Read Article

Behind the scenes story of how India recovered 157 idols, artefacts from the US

At face value, the recovered artefacts might mean different things to different people. But, for the volunteers of India Pride Project, this means years of their tireless efforts coming to…

Read Article

Myanmar did not make a request to speak, UNGA president Abdulla Shahid clarifies to WION

There were reports that China, Russia and the United States had reached an understanding to prevent Myanmar's ambassador to UN Kyaw Moe Tun from addressing the general assembly

Read Article

Here to be seized of issues erupting all over world: UNGA president’s Chef de Cabinet

Naidu is a 1998 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, a fluent Chinese speaker, and an avid yoga practitioner. He has served in China and was also the National Coordinator for establishing the…

Read Article

'Indian media is 'better behaved' than the US': White House defends Biden's statement

Joe Biden lauded the Indian media, calling it "better behaved" than the US media, during his first in-person bilateral meeting with PM Modi at the White House, criticising American reporters for…

Read Article

Silence after violence: Afghanistan, most important country right now, won't have a voice at UNGA

Ghulam Isaczai is the current UN ambassador, who represents Afghanista's government ousted by the Taliban, and has also asked to renew his accreditation. He was scheduled to address the final day…

Read Article

Myanmar won't address world at UN, ousted Afghan government will

Myanmar's current ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun was appinted by Aung San Suu Kyi government which was toppled by military junta. Afghan ambassador was appointed by Afghanistan's deposed government

Read Article

Exclusive: St Kitts and Nevis foreign affairs minister thanks Indian PM Narendra Modi for Covid vaccines

Thanking Indian PM Narendra Modi for facilitating the timely distribution of Covid vaccines, St Kitts and Nevis Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley said it enabled him to attend the UNGA. The…

Read Article

'UNSC is frozen in time,' Indian Envoy to UN TS Tirumurti tells WION

'The big message was the presence of the Prime Minister in the UNGA in New York at a time when they are adopting a hybrid format," the envoy told WION after Narendra Modi's US trip

Read Article

'India a very important partner': Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei tells WION

Makei said that an agreement on strengthening ties between the ministries of foreign affairs to organise consultation on different issues between our ministers

Read Article

How young Indian women diplomats ripped Pakistan at UNGA

India's women diplomats have openly attacked Pakistan's policies at UNGA in the past few years spearheaded by Sneha's Dubey, Eenam Gambhir and Vidisha Maitra.

Read Article

Meet India's IFS officer Sneha Dubey who slammed Pak PM Imran Khan's Kashmir rant at UN General Assembly

India's young diplomat Sneha Dubey attacked Pakistan PM Imran Khan's comments on Kashmir at the UNGA. 

Read Article

Narendra Modi vs Imran Khan: Looking at how UNGA speeches of Indian and Pak prime ministers differ

Both the speeches reflected the different political thinking and the different values of India and Pakistan’s foreign policies. But more importantly, they differed in how Narendra Modi maintained…

Read Article

Decoding Taliban apologist Imran Khan's speech at UNGA: A rant mixed with lies and fiction

Taliban apologist Imran Khan's UNGA address was mostly a rant. He tried to paint Pakistan as a victim of terror, promoted the Taliban as a "force for good" and spewed venom against India. He…

Read Article

India's top priority is UNSC reform and a permanent seat, reiterates foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Previously, the United States President Joe Biden did mention that 'India should have a permanent seat in the UN Security Council' and the same was reflected in the India-US joint statement

Read Article

Quad stands for rules-based international order, not directed at any country: Indian diplomat Shringla

Ahead of the Quad summit, Shringla had said AUKUS had no links with the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and won't impact the functioning of the grouping

Read Article

From pandemic to terrorism: Here are major highlights of PM Narendra Modi's UNGA speech

PM Modi's speech encompassed a range of topics of global concern including terrorism, Covid pandemic, climate change and he put India's viewpoints forward to the global community at the UN General…

Read Article

PM Modi uses Rabindranath Tagore's words to end UN General Assembly speech: What it means

In his address to the United Nations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about several issues such as Afghanistan situation, Pakistan's role in terrorism, climate crisis, green hydrogen,…

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Covid origins, Ease of Business report: Modi attacks UN for loss of credibility, without naming China

Prime Minister Modi said that all kinds of questions are being raised about the United Nations' crediblity.

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PM Narendra Modi ends US visit with a powerful speech at UNGA, here's look back at his significant tour

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Indian PM Modi, US President Joe Biden hold first in person meet in White House ahead of Quad leaders summit

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World leaders arrive at UNGA 2021 for first in-person meet since Covid pandemic

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UNGA to hold high level meeting on September 25, India's PM Modi to likely attend

The United Nations General Assembly will hold its 76th session of a high-level meeting on September 25 with 156 heads of states and governments. 29 ministers and diplomats are scheduled to address the UN general debate. Read Article
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WION Exclusive: First interview of President-elect of 76th session of UNGA Abdulla Shahid

In his first-ever interview since his massive victory for the post of President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly or UNGA, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has listed dealing with the COVID crisis, UN reforms among his 5 key priorities. Speaking to our Principal Diplomatic Correspondent Sidhant Sibal from New York, Abdulla Shahid speaking on the COVID crisis said, "We need to make sure we provide vaccines to all". Shahid received 143 votes at the general assembly during Monday's votes, far higher than the 96 votes that are required with his one-year tenure all set to begin from September of this year. Read Article
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'How long will India be out of UN Decision making', says PM Modi while addressing UNGA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday pushed for the reforms in the global body Read Article