Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 192 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law. The Assembly meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.

Because of the great number of questions it is called upon to consider, the Assembly allocates items relevant to its work among its six Main Committees, which discuss them, seeking where possible to harmonize the various approaches of States, and then present to a plenary meeting of the Assembly draft resolutions and decisions for consideration. For more information please visit:

In 2012, UNEP senior staff participated in several informal thematic debates of the General Assembly dealing with:

     Disaster Risk Reduction, 12 April  

     Road to Rio+20 and Beyond, 22 May  

Second Committee
The United Nations Environment Programme is a subsidiary body of the United Nations General Assembly. The UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) every year submits its report in which it highlights diverse environmental issues for the consideration of the General Assembly. Click here to go to their Website

“At the end of the first part of each General Assembly session, a report is prepared for the UNEP Governing Council on the resolutions adopted at that session of relevance to UNEP.  That information document groups the selected resolutions in conformity with the six subprogrammes of the work programme for the current biennium, and also those of regional and administrative significance.”  For the report from the 66th Assembly session to the 12th special session of UNEP’s Governing Council,  please click here