73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters.

(updated at 09:30 BST, September 27)

On Wednesday, September 26, President Donald J. Trump President, accompanied by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, will convene a UN Security Council meeting on counter-proliferation. The President’s remarks will be streamed on WhiteHouse.gov/live.  Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will participate in the Global Counter Terrorism Forum Ministerial in New York City.

The President and the Secretary will also participate in a number of bilateral meetings on Wednesday. The public schedule for Wednesday is available at State.gov and you can follow @StateDept for updates.

President Trump at the  U.N. General Assembly

September 26, 2018
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom (Whitehouse.gov)
Today, President Donald J. Trump met with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom in New York. Both leaders discussed a variety of global challenges, including the situation in Syria and countering threats posed by Iran and Russia. President Trump and Prime Minister May reaffirmed their commitment to closely coordinate on efforts to address these and other global challenges.

September 26, 2018
Remarks by President Trump at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Counterproliferation (via Whitehouse.gov)

September 26, 2018
Remarks by President Trump at Press Gaggle Upon Arriving at United Nations Headquarters | New York, NY (via Whitehouse.gov)

September 25, 2018
Trump to world leaders: Stop Iran from sowing chaos (ShareAmerica)
President Trump urged world leaders to stand with the United States in seeking to block the Iranian regime from spreading “mayhem across the Middle East.” He also asked other nations to honor the United States’ sovereignty while defending their own.

September 25, 2018
Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (Whitehouse.gov)

September 25, 2018
President Donald J. Trump’s America First Agenda Is Helping to Achieve Peace Through Strength (Whitehouse.gov)

September 25, 2018
President Trump Returns to the U.N.—with a Mountain of Evidence for ‘Peace Through Strength’ (Whitehouse.gov)
President Donald J. Trump helped kick off the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City yesterday. Along with a series of bilateral meetings with allies this week, the President is addressing the full Assembly in a major speech Tuesday morning.
“The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based,” President Trump told the Assembly last September. “They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.”

September 25, 2018
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit (state.gov)

September 25, 2018
Secretary Pompeo Addresses United Against Nuclear Iran Summit (state.gov)

The U.S. at the U.N. General Assembly

The United States welcomes the nations of the world to New York for the 73rd annual UN General Assembly.  We urge them to come with a renewed dedication to meaningful diplomacy and a readiness to share the responsibility of global leadership that the United States has long shouldered.  As the President underscored in his address at last year’s UNGA, nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions.

The United States will be actively engaged across the full spectrum of UNGA events and activities.  We will focus our UNGA engagement on five policy priorities: (1) nonproliferation; (2) humanitarian assistance and food security; (3) peace and security; (4) counterterrorism; and (5) UN reform.

Peace and Security 

The United States firmly believes that the UN must play an important part in addressing the causes of conflict and responding to its destructive impacts.  We continue to assert our leadership at the UN Security Council and across the community of international organizations in order to protect the American people, promote our nation’s prosperity and values, and improve the prospects for lasting global peace. 

Threats to peace and security come in many forms, including deteriorating human rights environments, natural disasters, terrorism, and criminal activities.   These threats demand nimble, adaptable, and sustained responses.  Such responses need to be broader than the provision of humanitarian assistance, which continues on a path of increased global need that prevents countries from pursuing their own development, not to mention preventing forcibly displaced persons and conflict victims from raising their children in peace.

At UNGA, the United States looks forward to the opportunities to discuss with member states actions that could improve the UN’s ability to address the complex and varied threats to peace and security.  The President also convened a meeting with the Secretary-General and numerous heads of state and issued a joint Global Call to Action on the scourge that is drug trafficking and abuse that harms the health and security of all nations.