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Singapore's journey to the 2019 UN General Assembly

54 years ago today, Singapore was admitted to the United Nations. Today, the Republic has a treaty and a convention named after it. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's presence at the UN General Assembly this year underlines Singapore's support of multilateralism and UN principles.

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The most important meeting in the world takes place each year in New York. This is the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It is attended by the leaders and representatives of the 193 member states. The UNGA is the closest thing we have to a "Parliament" of the world, where every country has one voice.

This year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will lead the Singapore delegation to the assembly, which begins with a general debate on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2019, with the headline Singapore's journey to the 2019 UN General Assembly. Subscribe