President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja this weekend to participate in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) holding from September 19 to 23, 2016 in New York, the United States.
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.”
According to an Aso Rock press statement, Buhari 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.
The statement which was issued yesterday by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, disclosed that while in New York, Buhari will attend series of meetings as well as side events, which are of significant interest to Nigeria.
He will deliver a keynote address on ‘Taking Climate Action Towards Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin’, to be attended by leaders of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin.
The event is 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.
The President will equally participate in an event hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon on ‘Ending Need in the Lake Chad’.
Buhari will also 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 attend the Clinton Global Initiative as well as the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals organised by the UN Secretary General.
Also concerning the economy, the President will lead discussions at the United States-Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in Nigeria.
Before returning home, he will hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in furtherance of the administration’s commitment to ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.
The discussions will equally 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 towards revamping the Nigerian economy.