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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Five talking points ahead of Thursday's UN General Assembly General Debate

UN General Assembly 2018: Important regional speeches and the benefit of carbon neutrality

Visitors and delegates gather at the UN headquarters during the General Assembly of the United Nations in Manhattan, New York. Reuters
Visitors and delegates gather at the UN headquarters during the General Assembly of the United Nations in Manhattan, New York. Reuters

1. Palestine and Israel speak after Trump's two-state commitment

Both Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will address the assembly today. Yesterday, US President Trump said he would like a two-state solution.

2. Global Meeting on Non-communicable diseases

The meeting will aim at implementing an investment of $1.27 annually per person in the prevention of diseases - those not caused by infectious agents such as strokes, cancers and diabetes - which could save 8 million lives.

3. The UN Security Council reconvenes to discuss North Korea

The UN Security Council discussion on non-proliferation continues with a focus on North Korea and the outcomes from this year's Singapore summit.

4. Carbon Neutrality Coalition launch

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern convenes an inaugural high-level meeting on the Carbon Neutrality Coalition. The event will look to build climate-resilient economies.

5. Unleashing the potential of Islamic finance

The Government of Malaysia and the Islamic Development Bank host a high-level event to discuss how to finance the UN's sustainable development goals and engage investors using Islamic finance instruments.

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Schedule for Thursday, September 27

Morning

Lithuania

Botswana

Cyprus

Chile

Macedonia

Equatorial Guinea

Haiti

Sierra Leone

Palestine

European Union

Belgium

Israel

Malta

Georgia

Vietnam

Jamaica

New Zealand

Saint Vincent and Grenadines

Afternoon

Micronesia

Guinea-Bissau

Comoros

Madagascar

Indonesia

Cote d'Ivoire

Costa Rica

Nepal

Tuvalu

Bangladesh

Spain

Serbia

Uganda

Bhutan

Mauritania

Liechtenstein

Cameroon

Tanzania