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Buhari to attend 71st session of UNGA – Presidency


President Muhammadu Buhari. PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

President Muhammadu Buhari. PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

President Muhammadu Buhari would from Monday in New York, United States participate in the five-day 71st session United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the President would deliver Nigeria’s statement at the opening of the General Debate of the Assembly on ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World.’

Adesina stated that Buhari would also attend a high-level summit to be hosted by the UN on ‘Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants,’
which is the first of its kind organised by the General Assembly at the Heads of State and Government level, and is expected to come up with a blueprint for a better international response to enhance protection of migrants and refugees.

He also said that Buhari would deliver a keynote address on ‘Taking Climate Action Toward Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.’

While in New York, Adesina said the President would attend series of meetings and side events that are of significant interest to Nigeria, as well as participate in an event hosted by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on ‘Ending Need in the Lake Chad.’

“On the margins of the 71st UNGA, the President will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and participate in activities commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Right to Development,” he stated.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Buhari would attend the Clinton Global Initiative and UN Private Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals organised by Ban and lead discussions at the US-Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in Nigeria.

In addition, the President would hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in furtherance of his administration’s commitment in ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), as well as hold discussions on restoring peace to the Niger Delta, attracting more investments to develop critical infrastructure and revamp the Nigerian economy.

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