TANTV Covers United Nations General Assemblies, New York (UNGA)

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New York- TANTV international correspondents were present to cover the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73). The session opened on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate was on Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and was scheduled to last for nine working days. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is the President-elect of this 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

The theme of the general debate was stated as ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ In an opening statement to UNGA 73, UNGA 73 President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces outlined seven priority themes for the session, which are as follows to: promote gender equality; promote and implement new global compacts on migration and refugees; highlight innovative thinking around the future of work; effort to protect the environment, particularly plastics pollution; raise awareness on persons with disabilities; implement the reform of the UN system; and promote peace.

Our correspondents, Adedayo Fashanu, Keoma La Hamer and Judy Onyegbado were present during the high level week to cover specific events at the SDG MEDIA ZONE, several side events held during the week and followed important happening holding at the United Nations. On Monday, 24 September, the UNGA held a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.

The plenary adopted a political declaration negotiated by Member States. On Wednesday, 26 September, the UNGA held a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, as agreed by Member States in February 2018. On Thursday, 27 September, the UN held a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. TanTV Studios team attended a number of events that took place in parallel to the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA under the banners of Global Goals Week 2018 and Climate Week NYC 2018.

Check out all our interviews and coverage below…


Dr. Iyabo is a pediatrician in Atlanta and author of the book permanent happiness—peace. TANTV caught up with her at the UNGA73 SDG MEDIA ZONE.

Here, she shares her thoughts on Youth and the SDGs.

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency, head-quartered in Midrand, South Africa.A former Prime Minister of Niger, from 1997 to 2000, Dr. Mayaki has a Masters degree from the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Quebec, Canada and a PhD…TANTV Correspondent Keoma L. Hamer caught up with Dr. Assane Mayaki at the NEPAD side event on Tuberculosis during the UNGA73 high level week. Here, he sheds light on the role of youth as health workers.

TANTV Correspondent Keoma caught up with Mats Granryd at the SDG MEDIA ZONE UNGA73. He is the Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events.Mats is a strong proponent of sustainability and led the mobile industry in becoming the first sector to broadly commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. He is now spearheading initiatives to amplify and accelerate the mobile industry’s impact on all 17 of the SDGs, across both developed and developing markets.Mats serves on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, which is focused on leveraging ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development. Within the Commission, he chairs the Working Group on Digital Gender Divide to address the digital gender divide and foster the equal inclusion of women and girls in broadband access and use. Mats is a leader with The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet. From 2016 to 2018, Mats was also a Commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, working with CEOs across many industries to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy.

TANTV speaks to Alison Smale at the UNGA73 SDG Media Zone. She had just finished a panel conversation with Amina Mohammed at the SDG MEDIA ZONE when our correspondent Judy caught up with her. The Brief interview had Alison share her thoughts regarding the power of women. Using Amina Mohammed as an example,

Alison Smale says Amina Mohammed had a good head start from being born into a good Nigerian family but even though that might not be the case for several other women , there is still hope for them to make it in life!Appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Ms. Alison Smale of the United Kingdom became Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the UN on 1 September 2017.Ms. Smale brings to the post almost 40 years of experience in international journalism in which she has been a reporter, an editor and a senior leader. Before joining the UN, she served most recently (2013 to 2017) as the Chief of Bureau in Berlin for the New York Times.

Raymundo Tamayo- is the Senior Manager of Advocacy and Partnerships at the World Organization Scout Movement! He spoke to TANTV at the UNGA73 SDG MEDIA ZONE on the role of Youth in achieving the SDGs.


We caught up with Amy Lott on this question! Amy Lott is a musician sharing her message about the transformative and healing power of music, and how it’s helped her persevere and stay optimistic in the face of adversity.

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