By 11 p.m. Nigerian time today, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will address the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the president will talk on topics related to combating climate change, stopping illegal money flows, and encouraging asset returns to the nation.
This information was released in a statement on Monday that was signed by Francisca Omayuli, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Among other things, Tinubu will highlight Nigeria’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and maintain world peace and security.
Today, Tuesday, September 19, 2023, is the first day of the High-Level portion of the 78th UNGA. During the General Debate, Heads of State will alternate giving their addresses.
She stated that Mr. Dennis Francis of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago will preside over this year’s General Debate, which will be called by the General Assembly (GA).
The statement noted: “The direction of the General Debate will be anchored on the theme of the 78th Session, which is “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards Peace, Prosperity, Progress, and Solidarity for all.
“As the practice is, member states will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on the theme and present their national positions on each of the thematic items, which make up the overriding theme.”
In addition to the General Debate, according to Omayuli, Nigeria is anticipated to exhibit leadership while taking part in the different meetings slated for the High-Level week.
The meetings include: “Preparatory Ministerial Meeting for the Summit of the Future, convened by the secretary-general of the United Nations today, Monday, 18th September, 2023. It will be attended by the minister of foreign affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar.
“High-Level Political Forum on SDGs convened by the General Assembly (GA) and scheduled to hold on Monday, 18th September 2023; General Debate to hold from Tuesday, 19th – Tuesday, 26th September 2023.
“Climate Ambition Summit convened by the secretary-general of the United Nations and scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 20th September 2023; High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response, scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 20th September 2023.
“High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 20th September, 2023; High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, scheduled to be held on Thursday, 21st September 2023.
“High-Level Meeting on the Fight against Tuberculosis, scheduled for Friday, 22nd 2023; and High-Level Meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted that Tinubu’s attendance at the 78th UNGA, which would be his first, will surely increase Nigeria’s profile and inspire a great deal of goodwill that will assist forge deeper alliances with other world leaders and improve cooperation with development partners.
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