UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will host the second session of the Morning Dialogue Series, on the theme of 'Supporting effective participation of small delegations'. The Morning Dialogues are informal discussions between Permanent Representatives to the UN on specific topics of concern. Each gathering is limited to 20 individuals, with all 193 Member States being involved in the course of the 72nd UNGA session. Two Dialogues will be held each month, and they will take place under Chatham House rules, with ambassadors participating in their personal capacities. Announcing the Dialogues, Lajcak expressed hope that they will “provide a platform for us to truly listen to each other and exchange views in a frank and constructive way”.
The first dialogue took place on 10 November, on women's participation and the inclusion of gender aspects in the UNGA, with the participation of 16 female PRs (Andorra, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovenia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan and Viet Nam).
Updated: At the second session, held on 1 December on the topic of ensuring that small delegations have a seat at the table, 20 Permanent Representatives from small States participated.
date: 1 December 2017
venue: UN Headquarters
location: New York City, US
contact: Brenden Varma, UNGA President's Office