Beyond the Headlines: What's on the agenda as the world meets at the UN

Back in person and live in New York - What's going on at the biggest week of the year for diplomacy

After a two-year disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations General Assembly has returned to normal … more or less.

While the UN has implemented a number of covid restrictions including limiting the size of the delegations attending, enforcing a mask mandate inside the building and requiring proof of vaccination, world leaders are back in New York, shaking hands, holding high-stakes bilateral negotiations and bringing the city to a grinding halt.

The meeting has come at a crucial time – the war in Ukraine, rising energy prices, spiralling inflation, increasing food prices, climate change and global health are all high on the agenda.

The National's Willy Lowry takes us Beyond the Headlines at the United Nations General Assembly to look at the key issues and hear what's on the agenda as world leaders all meet again in person for the first time since the pandemic.

Updated: September 23, 2022, 2:07 PM