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‘Nigeria Contesting UN Presidency By 2019’



Ahead of the Tuesday, September 18, 2018, opening of 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, (UNGA), in New York, the federal government has indicated  interest  to occupy  the  number one  seat in the Assembly by 2019.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama,  who made the disclosure  while briefing newsmen in Abuja, on the expected talking points at this year’s UNGA , said, Nigeria will put forward it’s Ambassador to the US to vie for UNGA presidency.

While explaining that President Muhammadu Buhari will lead a powerful  delegation to the meeting, he added that the delegation will consist of ministers and the stakeholders from the  private sector. 

According to Onyeama, 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.”

The minister who explained that, UN reforms will top the president’s agenda at the meeting said the theme of the programme is “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies”.

According to him, “ 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 revitalising the Lake Chad region.”

He said, “meanwhile, on the side line, the president will attend High Level Plenary meeting known as the Mandela Peace Summit in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela – 24th September, 2018.”

The minister added that the President Buhari will also attend a High Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – 24th September 2018; The President is also expected to participate in a two-day event on World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit- 24th and 25th September 2018.

Also, Buhari will take part in African Union, AU, High Level meeting, titled, ”Leveraging International Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development in Africa, he noted.