Buhari leaves for 71st UN General Assembly tomorrow

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From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria
tomorrow to participate in the 71st session of the
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
holding
from September 19-23, in New York, United States.
The President, according a statement by the
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi
Adesina, will also hold bilateral meetings with
some world leaders in a bid to ameliorate the
plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in
the country.
The statement also said that President Buhari will
present Nigeria’s statement at the opening of the
General Debate of the Assembly, on the theme,
“The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal
Push to Transform our World.”
The President will also attend a high-level summit,
hosted by the UN, on “Large Movements of
Refugees and Migrants’’.
The summit, which is the first of its kind,
organised by the General Assembly at the Heads of
State and Government level, is expected to come
up with a blueprint for a better international
response to enhance the protection of migrants
and refugees.
According to Adesina, the President will also
attend series of meetings as well as side events,
which are of significant interest to Nigeria.
The presidential spokesman also said, “ President
Buhari will deliver a keynote address on “Taking
Climate Action Towards Sustainable Development
in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.
“Leaders of member countries of the Lake Chad
Basin will attend this important side event
organised by the Nigerian government to highlight
the urgent need to mobilise international response
to the distressing situation in the Lake Chad Basin,
where over nine million people need humanitarian
assistance.”
Buhari will equally 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, President
Buhari will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate
Change, and participate in activities
commemorating the 30th anniversary of the
Declaration of the Right to Development.
“The Nigerian leader will attend the Clinton Global
Initiative as well as the United Nations Private
Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals
organised by the Secretary General.
“He will lead discussions at the United States-
Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in
Nigeria.
“Before returning to Nigeria, President Buhari will
hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in
furtherance of the administration’s commitment in
ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced
Persons (IDPs) in the country.
“The discussions will also focus on the President’s
longstanding commitment to returning peace and
security in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria,
restoring calm to the Niger Delta and attracting
more investments to develop critical infrastructure
and revamp the Nigerian economy”, Adesina
added.

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