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Sep 18, 2013

President Mahama to Attend United Nations General Assembly


Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama will be among 131 Heads of States to attend the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opens on Monday, September 23, 2013.

The number will be the highest turnout in the history of the UN.

More than 60 Foreign Ministers and high profile government officials from all over the world are also expected to attend the session.

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General announced this at press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday.

The general debate is expected to take place from September 24 to October 2, 2013. It will be under the theme “Post 2015 Development Agenda setting the stage”.

He indicated that questions on sustainable development, health, hunger, and climate change, apart from the Syrian issue, would dominate the session.

“In my speech to the General Assembly, I will call on world leaders to uphold their political and moral responsibilities to serve, to listen, to invest, to respond to the rising and justifiable demands of people across the world for lives of freedom and prosperity”

As the world moved to the end of 2015, the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), the UN boss stressed the need to showcase MDG successes throughout the week and at a special partnership event on Monday. He underlined the importance of the High-level meeting on disabilities and development during the session, pointing out that 15 per cent of the world’s people lived with some form of disability.

To this end, his position is that “the post-2015 agenda must take their (physically challenged) needs and aspirations into account. A world that recognises their rights is a world that will benefit all of us”.

On the situation in Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali and Central African Republic, the UN Chief indicated that it would be high on the agenda when the world leaders meet to assess new approaches on peacekeeping, diplomacy and support for countries in transition.

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon underscored the determination of the UN as a World Body to resolve differences to help avoid bloodshed and forge consensus for peace and progress.

To achieve these objectives, he urged the world leaders to harness the spirit for action to address immediate crises and achieve the UN’s long term goals.

Source: IDS