The UN General Assembly (UNGA) ‘Annual General Debate’ – Why Brazil Is the 1st Speaker

  • Brazil chose to be the first speaker after World War II, when other countries were hesitant.
  • The United States, as the host country, typically follows Brazil as the second speaker.
  • The order of speakers for the remaining 191 UN member countries is determined by a combination of various factors.
  • Each speaker is allocated approximately 15 to 20 minutes, although this time frame is often not strictly adhered to.
  • It is generally expected that the country’s head of state will represent the delegation and deliver the speech.
  • However, if a country is represented by its officials, such as the External Affairs Minister, their turn typically comes later in the debate.

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