17 September 2019

UNAI Quiz: The General Assembly

The annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly has been called the World Cup of diplomacy, where world leaders gather at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss global issues. 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. The GA is empowered to make recommendations to Member States on international issues within its competence, and it has initiated actions—political, economic, humanitarian, social and legal—which have affected the lives of millions of people around the world. The General Assembly meets annually in regular session, intensively from September to December, and resumes in January until all issues on the agenda are addressed – which is often just before the next session starts. Each Member State of the General Assembly has one vote.

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (#UNGA74) will open on 17 September 2019 with the high-level General Debate kicking off a week later on 24 September. The theme for UNGA 74 is “Galvanizing Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Action and Inclusion.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come to New York with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their national contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

Test your knowledge of the UN General Assembly!

Correct! The first session was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Methodist Central Hall in London and included representatives of 51 nations. The next few annual sessions were held in different cities: the second session in New York City, and the third in Paris. It moved to the permanent Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City at the start of its seventh regular annual session, on 14 October 1952.

Incorrect. The correct answer is A. The first session was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Methodist Central Hall in London and included representatives of 51 nations. The next few annual sessions were held in different cities: the second session in New York City, and the third in Paris. It moved to the permanent Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City at the start of its seventh regular annual session, on 14 October 1952.

Incorrect. The correct answer is A. The first session was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Methodist Central Hall in London and included representatives of 51 nations. The next few annual sessions were held in different cities: the second session in New York City, and the third in Paris. It moved to the permanent Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City at the start of its seventh regular annual session, on 14 October 1952.

Correct! In 1946 Belgian diplomat and politician Paul-Henri Spaak was elected the first president of the UN General Assembly.

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. In 1946 Belgian diplomat and politician Paul-Henri Spaak was elected the first president of the UN General Assembly.

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. In 1946 Belgian diplomat and politician Paul-Henri Spaak was elected the first president of the UN General Assembly.

Correct! There are currently 193 Member States and 2 non-member Observer States – the Holy See and the State of Palestine.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. There are currently 193 Member States and 2 non-member Observer States – the Holy See and the State of Palestine.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. There are currently 193 Member States and 2 non-member Observer States – the Holy See and the State of Palestine.

Correct! In current practice, after the opening of the meeting by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General makes a statement, followed by the representatives of Brazil (regardless of the level of representation) and the United States (as the host country, regardless of the level of representation). For all other Member States, the speaking order is based on the level of representation, preference and other criteria such as geographic balance. Non-member Observer States the Holy See, the State of Palestine and the European Union are invited to participate in the General Debate and their speaking slots are determined by the level of representation.

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. In current practice, after the opening of the meeting by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General makes a statement, followed by the representatives of Brazil (regardless of the level of representation) and the United States (as the host country, regardless of the level of representation). For all other Member States, the speaking order is based on the level of representation, preference and other criteria such as geographic balance. Non-member Observer States the Holy See, the State of Palestine and the European Union are invited to participate in the General Debate and their speaking slots are determined by the level of representation.

Incorrect. The correct answer is C. In current practice, after the opening of the meeting by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General makes a statement, followed by the representatives of Brazil (regardless of the level of representation) and the United States (as the host country, regardless of the level of representation). For all other Member States, the speaking order is based on the level of representation, preference and other criteria such as geographic balance. Non-member Observer States the Holy See, the State of Palestine and the European Union are invited to participate in the General Debate and their speaking slots are determined by the level of representation.

Correct! Indian diplomat and politician Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first woman elected as the President of the General Assembly (PGA) for the 8th session of the General Assembly in 1953. There have only been four women presidents of the UNGA.

Incorrect. The incorrect is B. Indian diplomat and politician Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first woman elected as the President of the General Assembly (PGA) for the 8th session of the General Assembly in 1953. There have only been four women presidents of the UNGA.

Incorrect. The incorrect is B. Indian diplomat and politician Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first woman elected as the President of the General Assembly (PGA) for the 8th session of the General Assembly in 1953. There have only been four women presidents of the UNGA.

Correct! Fidel Castro of Cuba holds the record for the longest speech delivered during a UNGA General Debate at 269 minutes in 1960. Other lengthy interventions include a 140-minute speech delivered by Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR in 1960 and Muammar al-Gaddafi clocked in at 96 minutes with his 2009 speech to the body.

Incorrect. THe correct answer is A. Fidel Castro of Cuba holds the record for the longest speech delivered during a UNGA General Debate at 269 minutes in 1960. Other lengthy interventions include a 140-minute speech delivered by Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR in 1960 and Muammar al-Gaddafi clocked in at 96 minutes with his 2009 speech to the body.

Incorrect. THe correct answer is A. Fidel Castro of Cuba holds the record for the longest speech delivered during a UNGA General Debate at 269 minutes in 1960. Other lengthy interventions include a 140-minute speech delivered by Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR in 1960 and Muammar al-Gaddafi clocked in at 96 minutes with his 2009 speech to the body.

Correct!  Bugs Bunny and Scrambled Eggs. The two murals in the GA Hall – one on the west wall and one on the east wall – were designed by French artist Fernand Legér and painted by his former student, Bruce Gregory, in the early 1950s. US President Harry Truman referred to the east wall mural as “scrambled eggs” and the west wall mural has been said to resemble Bugs Bunny.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. Bugs Bunny and Scrambled Eggs. The two murals in the GA Hall – one on the west wall and one on the east wall – were designed by French artist Fernand Legér and painted by his former student, Bruce Gregory, in the early 1950s. US President Harry Truman referred to the east wall mural as “scrambled eggs” and the west wall mural has been said to resemble Bugs Bunny.

Incorrect. The correct answer is B. Bugs Bunny and Scrambled Eggs. The two murals in the GA Hall – one on the west wall and one on the east wall – were designed by French artist Fernand Legér and painted by his former student, Bruce Gregory, in the early 1950s. US President Harry Truman referred to the east wall mural as “scrambled eggs” and the west wall mural has been said to resemble Bugs Bunny.

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