UNGA General Debate week begins: US President Joe Biden, China's Xi Jinping to address today- Get full General debate schedule

UNGA General Debate week begins: US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping will address the world leaders today at 76th UNGA General Debate, PM Narendra Modi will address the forum on September 25th.

Created On: Sep 21, 2021 12:11 IST
UNGA General Debate week begins
UNGA General Debate week begins

The 76th UN General Assembly's high-level segment, General Debate will begin from today, September 21 and will run till September 27, 2021. The week-long segment will see many top speakers including US President, China's Premier and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

While US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping will address the world leaders today, PM Narendra Modi will address the forum on September 25th. This will be US President Joe Biden's first address to the 193-member General Assembly as the US President.

UNGA General Debate 2021 theme 

The UNGA General Debate theme for this year is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’.

UNGA taking place in hybrid format

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is taking place in a hybrid format under the Presidency of Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid. The world leaders were given the option of attending in person or sending pre-recorded statements. 

As per the second provisional list of speakers, around 109 heads of state and government will address the UNGA General Debate in person and around 60 will deliver their speeches through pre-recorded video statements.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to visit the United States later this year, is among the 109 heads of state who will address the General Debate in person. US President Joe Biden will also be addressing the General Debate in person today, while Xi Jinping is scheduled to deliver his address virtually. 

Other world leaders who are expected to address the session in person include Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

UNGA General Debate 2021 Schedule 

The week-long General Debate will provide all 193 member states with a platform to address the UN body. The General Debate will run in two parts each day- morning session (9:00 am-2.45 pm) and afternoon session (3 pm-9 pm). The week-long General Debate will see the physical participation of several world leaders. 

Check out General Debate's full schedule here:

September 21

Morning Session (9 am onwards)

Jair Messias Bolsonaro, President, Federative Republic of Brazil

Joseph Biden, President, United States of America

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President, Republic of Maldives

Iván Duque Márquez, President, Republic of Colombia

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir, State of Qatar

Zuzana Čaputová, President, Slovak Republic (pre-recorded)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President, Portuguese Republic

Sadyr Zhaparov, President, Kyrgyz Republic (pre-recorded)

Gitanas Nausėda, President, Republic of Lithuania

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President, the Republic of Uzbekistan (pre-recorded)

Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President, the Islamic Republic of Iran (pre-recorded)

Sebastián Piñera Echenique, President, Republic of Chile (pre-recorded)

Moon Jae-in, President, Republic of Korea

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Republic of Turkey

Guy Parmelin, President, Swiss Confederation

Xi Jinping, President, the People’s Republic of China (pre-recorded)

Afternoon session (3pm onwards)

Zoran Milanović, President, Republic of Croatia

Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President, Arab Republic of Egypt (pre-recorded)

Pedro Castillo Terrones, President, Republic of Peru

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President, Turkmenistan (pre-recorded)

Sauli Niinistö, President, Republic of Finland

Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President, the Republic of the Philippines (pre-recorded)

Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda (pre-recorded)

Alberto Fernández, President, Argentine Republic (pre-recorded)

Surangel Whipps, President, Republic of Palau

Klaus Werner Iohannis, President, Romania

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President, Republic of Costa Rica

Andrzej Duda, President, Republic of Poland

Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, Constitutional President, Republic of Ecuador

Egils Levits, President, Republic of Latvia

Rumen Radev, President, Republic of Bulgaria (pre-recorded)

Hakainde Hichilema, President, Republic of Zambia

János Áder, President, Hungary

Faustin Archange Touadera, Head of State, Central African Republic

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, President, Federal Republic of Somalia (pre-recorded)

September 22 

Morning Session

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Monaco, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Republic of Moldova, Uruguay, Estonia, Suriname, Sierra Leone


Venezuela, Mongolia, Kenya, Honduras, Indonesia, Ukraine, Malawi, Cabo Verde, Vietnam, Togo, Mozambique, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Djibouti, Central African Republic, Somalia

September 23


South Africa, Guyana, Botswana, Cuba, Angola, Burkina Faso, Panama, Montenegro, Namibia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Cameroon, Nauru, Zimbabwe, Chad, Comoros, Gabon, Tanzania, Liberia.


Micronesia, Burundi, Benin, Bolivia, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Uganda, Azerbaijan, Libya, Madagascar, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan, Kiribati, Dominica, Seychelles, Kazakhstan, Israel, Seychelles

September 24


Cyprus, Nigeria, Lebanon, Senegal, Nicaragua, Germany, Slovenia, State of Palestine, European Union, Gambia, Armenia, Mauritius, Sweden, Barbados, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Japan, Malta, Ireland 


Albania, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Luxembourg, Greece, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Georgia. Australia, Kuwait, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Denmark, Jamaica, Norway, Italy, Lesotho, Belize,

September 25


Prime Minister Narendra Modi - India

Nepal, Saint Lucia, Andorra, Canada, eSwatini, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Malaysia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Sudan, Cambodia, Fiji, Bhutan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belgium, Bahamas, Thailand, Iraq, 


Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Antigua and Barbuda, Solomon Islands, Congo, Tonga, Mali, Holy See, China, Ethiopia, Russian Federation, Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Austria

September 27


Singapore, Belarus, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Iceland, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Grenada, Eritrea, Bahrain, San Marino, Oman, Sao Tome and Principe, Paraguay, Cote d'Ivoire, Timor Leste, Brunei, Mauritania, Niger


Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Guinea, Afghanistan


The landmark 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) had taken place virtually due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. All the world leaders had submitted pre-recorded video statements. It was the first time in the UN's history that the annual gathering was held in a virtual mode. 

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