United Nations General Assembly UNGA

The General Assembly may call the attention of the Security Council to situations which are likely to endanger international peace and security. (Article 11 of the UN Charter)

In 2002, the UN General Assembly adopted sustainable development as a key element of the overarching framework for the UN, particularly for achieving internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.

The World Summit 2005 Outcome Document also committed member states to promote the integration of the three components of sustainable development - economic development, social development and environmental protection - as interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars.

The General Assembly has not yet been able to show how it has mainstreamed sustainable development within its actions. This has not been helped by the weakening of the Commission on Sustainable Development over the past few years. There has been a lack of vision on how UNGA should approach sustainable development, and it is continuing as it has done in the past. The decision to hold a debate on climate change in 2007 was an important move by the assembly in mapping out a role for the future.

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