World leaders from all over the world have come together in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
It is a meeting held every year to discuss many of the world’s problems … and to try to find solutions to them.
The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly is held every year towards the end of September.
It is the U.N.’s biggest annual meeting. The Assembly takes place at the U.N.’s headquarters in New York City and lasts for about 2 weeks.
This year’s general debate was highlighted by a very strong speech from Donald Trump, the President of the United States. In his speech he Mocked the leader of North Korea, calling him a ‘rocket man’ and saying that the US would “totally destroy” the country if forced to defend itself or its allies.
North Korea has tested nuclear bombs and missiles in defiance of the UN.
WHAT IS THE UN?
The U.N. was formally set up, or founded, just after the end of the Second World War in 1945. It replaced the League of Nations. This organization was formed after the end of the First World War (1914 – 1918). Its main purpose was to stop any future wars from happening. Yet the League was not successful and it failed to prevent the start of the Second World War in 1939. Towards the end of the war it was decided to replace the League with a new organization, called the United Nations.
Today the U.N. has 193 member countries. All are invited to attend the General Assembly.