President Muhammadu Buhari would leave Abuja on Thursday, September 19, for New York, to participate in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA74) which opened on September 17.
We report that the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, said in a statement on Thursday, September 19, that President Buhari’s participation in this year’s gathering of world leaders is significant as it coincides with the country’s presidency of UNGA.
The statement said that Nigeria’s permanent representative to the UN, Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected the president of UNGA74 Adesina noted that this marks the second time Nigeria would be occupying that prestigious position following late Maj-Gen. Joseph Garba’s election in 1989.
According to him, the theme for UNGA74 is, Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion. The statement noted that the general debates would kick off on September 24, during which leaders of delegations would present their national statements, and speak on the theme of the session.
It also stated that President Buhari was scheduled as number five speaker on the first day of the debates, describing it as ”another plus for the country as most world leaders will be listening in the General Assembly Hall, while the global audience watches on live television.”
It added that the president would be expected to underscore his administration’s commitment to building on the achievements of its three-point agenda, following his re-election in the country’s last general election. Adesina also emphasised that Buhari would also reaffirm Nigeria’s position on salient global issues, adding that while in New York, the Nigerian leader and members of his delegation would to participate in the climate action summit, with the theme, A race we can win. A race we must win VP Osinbajo presides over NEC meeting The summit was convened by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. President Buhari would also participate in the high-level meeting organised by the president of UNGA74 on universal health coverage, with the theme, Moving together to build a healthier world.
The president would attend the UN high-level political forum on sustainable development; high-level dialogue on financial development, as well as high-level meeting, to commemorate and promote the international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. “In addition to the above high-level meetings, the Nigerian delegation is expected to participate at the side-events organised by the country’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). ”These include: SDGs Integration – Bridging the Policy Planning – Budget Gap for the Achievement of SDGs, organized by the office of the senior special assistant to the president on sustainable development goals; promotion of international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows and strengthen good practices on assets recovery and return to foster sustainable development, organised by the office of the national coordinator/CEO,” the statement read.