Buhari to attend 71st UN General Assembly


President Muhammadu Buhari will participate at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from September 19-23, 2016 in New York, United States.

This is contained in a statement released on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

According to the statement President Buhari will deliver a keynote address on “Taking Climate Action Towards Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.”

The statement said, “The President will deliver 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.”

“He 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 protection of migrants and refugees.”

President Buhari will also attend series of meetings as well as side events, which are of significant interest to Nigeria.

“The President will equally participate in an event hosted by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on “Ending Need in the Lake Chad.’’

During his time in New York 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.

He will also 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.

The statement said further, “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.”

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