The 71st session of United Nations General Assembly has begun in New York.

Fiji's UN Ambassador Peter Thomson, who has been elected as new President of the General Assembly, opened the session after being sworn in.

Addressing the opening session Peter Thomson vowed to find new methods to sustain peace and resolve entrenched conflicts, diminish the atrocities of global terrorism and better manage migrant and refugee flows.

Central on the agenda of the General Assembly this year are poverty, women’s rights, human resources, climate change, food safety, education and some other issues.

A high-level summit will also be held to address large movements of refugees and migrants.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to lead Pakistani delegation in the session.

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