BUHARI TO ATTEND 71ST SESSION OF UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
President Muhammadu Buhari will participate in the 71st session of the
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from September 19-23, 2016 in New
York, 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.”
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.
While in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders, President
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.”
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
The President 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
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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