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Nigeria To Focus On Security, UN Reforms At 2018 UNGA

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The federal government has outlined Nigeria’s focus at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly(UNGA), billed to start on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at its headquarters in New York, highlighting the nations interest on security and UN reforms.

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this known during a press briefing, yesterday, in Abuja, saying President Muhammadu Buhari will lead a powerful Nigerian delegation consisting of ministers and private sector players to the meeting.

Onyeama said: “Issues expected to attract discuss are eradication of extreme poverty,maintenance of international peace and security, human rights issues, highlights on humanitarian activities, tackling climate change and promoting environmental sustainability, amongst others.”

He restated that the UN reforms will top the president’s agenda at the meeting with the theme, “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.”

According to him, “The UN member states will engage in comprehensive assessment of gains made in the North East, most importantly, the interventions of our development partners by focusing on improving security and countering terrorism efforts, as well as revitalizing the Lake Chad region.”

The minister said the president will also attend two high level plenary meetings, the Mandela Peace Summit in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, and Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development both on September 24, 2018.

Onyeama said the president is also expected to participate in a two-day event on World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development impact summit billed to hold on September 24 to 25, 2018.

“Also, Buhari will take part in African Union (AU) high level meeting with the theme “Leveraging international cooperation to achieve sustainable development in Africa,” he added.



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