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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

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

UN General Assembly 2018: Trump chairs meeting on Iran, Yemen speaks, fighting tuberculosis and more

President Donald Trump appears on the first day of the event. AP
President Donald Trump appears on the first day of the event. AP

1. Donald Trump chairs security council meeting

The US President will chair a UN Security Council meeting on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Iran is expected to be the primary focus of the meeting.

2. A trio of key note addresses

Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan will speak in the General Debate, three important speeches for those concerned with security, regional and Afghan affairs. Yemen's speech will be the subject of particular interest. The UN has been instrumental in attempts to broker a peace deal, end the Houthi insurgency and restore the internationally recognised government.

3. High-level meeting on the fight to end tuberculosis

In the first meeting of its type, Tedros Adhanom, the Director General of the World Health Organisation, will be in attendance as well as ministers of health from countries affected by tuberculosis. The meeting will attempt to improve diagnosis, treatment and care.

4. Bloomberg Global Business Forum

Fighting the myths encouraging isolationism and protectionism, the forum will be attended by heads of state and business leaders from around the world. Theresa May, Bill Clinton, Cyril Ramaphosa and Christine Lagarde will all be in attendance.

5. EU-hosted event on rebuilding Syria

The EU will host a high-level meeting on Syria to discuss prospects for peace and for displaced citizens to return home. The event will also express solidarity with refugee-hosting countries including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

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