Aug 28, 2015 – With Russia presiding over the Security Council in September, its president Vladimir Putin is also coming to New York later next month for the high-level segment of the opening of the 70th General Assembly.
Putin last addressed the UN in 2005 for the organization’s 60th anniversary.
With Moscow chairing the Council next month, Putin will likely preside over a meeting of the 15-nation body during his visit.
If he does, it will be interesting to watch for which world leaders attend the meeting – and which ones will decide to boycott.
US President Barack Obama chaired a meeting of the Council last September and in September 2009.
A record number of world leaders are expected for this year’s opening of the General Assembly, which will also mark the UN’s 70th anniversary, including Pope Francis who will be the first pontiff since Benedict XVI in 2005 to address the gathering.
A high-level summit is taking place on Sept 25-27 where world leaders will adopt a set of goals to replace the MDGs, which expire at the end of the year.
Update: Russia has announced it will hold a high-level Security Council meeting at the Foreign Minister level on Sept. 30 to be chaired by FM Lavrov on “Maintenance of international peace and security: settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and countering the terrorist threat in the region.” The concept note for the meeting is here