Sneak peek: Devex at the 74th UN General Assembly

Students pose for a photo at the UNGA sign at the United Nations Visitors Plaza in New York. Photo by: Kim Haughton / U.N.

It’s that time again: the 74th United Nations General Assembly is kicking off in New York. As the development community prepares for the annual grind of international diplomacy — early mornings, late nights, major side events, international proceedings, high-level meetings, glossy report launches, celebrity speeches, and the like — we wanted to make sure you know what is going on from our side, and how to get in touch.

Here are four things to know about what we’re doing at #UNGA74:

1. A daily, special edition UNGA newsletter

Have a major announcement, new report, or burning opinion you would like to share? Get in touch with me directly — or drop a line to — and we’ll see about including it in our newsletter. And if you’re interested in sponsoring our special event coverage in the future, you can get in touch with our partnerships team here.

From Sept. 22-27 we’ll be issuing a Devex @ UNGA special edition newsletter, giving our audience an inside look at key conversations, general assembly proceedings, and exclusive convenings happening in New York. We’ll be keeping a particular eye on how things unfold with universal health care, U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign assistance review, and issues around climate, data, financing, tech, scaling for impact, and philanthropy — and what it all means for the development sector. Sign up to Devex @ UNGA.

2. Events, including a full-day UHC pavilion, with partners

In addition to collaborating with a number of organizations for side events — including the Access Challenge for its One by One conference on Monday, Sept. 23 — we’re hosting nine in-person or digital events during UNGA week.

Tuesday: UHC Pavilion. On Sept. 24, we’re hosting a full day of UHC programming — six events covering everything from new models for health financing to the future of the health workforce to vision. Hear from global health leaders including Ethiopian Health Minister Dr. Amir Aman Hagos, Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen, and Global Fund CEO Peter Sands. RSVP to UHC Pavilion or join our livestream.

Wednesday: Outcomes-based financing. On Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. ET, we’re welcoming experts from UNICEF, the UBS Optimus Foundation, and more for a conversation about the SDGs and the future of outcomes-based financing. RSVP to Investing in SDGs or join our livestream.

Wednesday: Health partnerships. On Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET, we’ll be exploring the future of health partnerships to meet the SDGs. With just 10 years left to meet the SDGs lofty targets, leaders from Save the Children, GSK, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi will convene for an action-oriented conversation about strengthening and leveraging health partnerships. RSVP to health partnerships for 2030 or join our livestream.

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Friday: Inside #UNGA74 — a conference call with journalists. Want to know what’s going on behind the scenes of this year’s UNGA? Our Devex Pro subscribers can join a conference call with journalists Amy Lieberman and Adva Saldinger — hosted by Managing Editor Deborah Charles — for a look behind the scenes. You can send us your questions in advance or ask in real-time during the call. RSVP to Inside UNGA. (If you’re not a Pro subscriber yet, you can sign up for a 15-day free trial here.)

3. Get in touch!

Our journalists, editors, and staff will be spread out across New York. Here’s the who’s who — and how to get in touch:

Raj Kumar, president and editor-in-chief. Raj is moderating a number of conversations throughout the week. Follow him on Twitter and join him on Tuesday at our UHC Pavilion, where he’ll be moderating events looking at health financing models and building the health workforce — and be sure to check out his new book, “The Business of Changing the World.”

Adva Saldinger, associate editor. Adva will be looking into issues around SDG financing, private sector engagement, and more. Get in touch via Twitter with tips, insights or interview pitches.

Amy Lieberman, reporter. Amy is our U.N. correspondent. She’ll be looking at proceedings inside the institution — including around UHC and climate. Get in touch via Twitter with tips, insights or interview pitches.

Catherine Cheney, senior reporter. Catherine is our West Coast correspondent covering tech and innovation. She’ll be looking closely at digital health, collaborative philanthropy, and other ways technology and partnerships are being leveraged for the SDGs. Get in touch on Twitter with tips, insights or interview pitches.

Michael Igoe, senior reporter. Michael will be keeping an eye on the political side of development, including the Trump administration’s evolving development policies and the fate of the foreign assistance review. Get in touch via Twitter with tips, insights, or interview pitches.

Kate Midden (me), editor and senior manager, news engagement. Get in touch with me on Twitter to share your opinions, big announcements, or discuss collaboration with the Devex newsroom.

Rebecca Root, reporter and editorial associate. Rebecca will be covering stories on WASH as well as hosting a series of videos on the health workforce and vision throughout the week. Get in touch on Twitter to share interview pitches and ideas.

Helen Morgan, partnerships associate editor and producer. Helen will be looking into UHC, climate change and resilience building, DRR, nutrition, and more. Get in touch via Twitter with any insights, tips, or interview pitches.

Alexandre Cabaret, director of partnerships. Send Alexandre an e-mail to talk about partnership opportunities for campaigns, events, surveys, and more — and here’s our full suite of partnership offerings.

4. Follow us on social — and join our conference call — for an inside look at the week

Whether you’re in New York or hiding away from the Manhattan chaos, there are myriad ways you can stay on top of the latest UNGA news online:

• On Get the latest development news from #UNGA74 and beyond.

• On Twitter: Stay on top of the latest news and some behind the scenes looks from the week.

• On Facebook: Catch our coverage of #UNGA74 and the latest development news. We’ll also be hosting several video interviews in partnership with Johnson & Johnson.

• Devex @ UNGA newsletter: Did we mention this already? Sign up here.

See you online or in New York!

About the author

  • Kate Midden

    Kate Midden is Devex's Engagement Editor. She oversees media partnerships, online events, social media, and Devex’s global opinions section. In the past, she has served as a press officer with USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, overseen media relations for the Center for Global Development, and managed consumer PR and crisis communications for Kaiser Permanente. She started her career as a radio producer for Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ.