UN chief arrives in Accra May 7

The President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, will be in Ghana on an official visit from Wednesday, 8 May to Saturday, 11 May 2019...


The President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, will be in Ghana on an official visit from Wednesday, 8 May to Saturday, 11 May 2019.

The visit, according to the UN, seeks to strengthen political support and cooperation with the United Nations General Assembly.

While in Ghana, Ms Garcés is expected to hold bilateral meetings with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye, and the leadership of Parliament; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP); the High-Level Ministerial Committee on SDGs, representatives of civil society and UN officials. She will also pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in Manhyia, Kumasi.

Ms Garcés’ visit will highlight Ghana’s leadership role and support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and emphasise the importance of strengthening the multilateral system as the best option for responding to global crises and challenges.

She will address the role of parliaments in building political will for the implementation of global commitments crucial for effective responses to climate change, maintenance of peace and security, the changing world of work and strengthening of social protection systems, reducing inequalities, among others, to achieve the SDGs.

The President will use the opportunity also to acknowledge the support of Ghana to the Office of the President of the General Assembly.

The theme of the current session of the United Nations General Assembly is: “Making the UN Relevant to All; Global Leadership and shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

A key approach for the presidency of Ms Garcés is to ensure that the UN is inclusive and relevant to all. In that regard, the seven priority areas of her work are: decent work, persons with disability, gender equality, environmental action, migration and refugees, revitalisation of the UN and youth, peace & security.

Ms Garcés is expected to visit historical sites in the country including the Cape Castle and the Kumasi Cultural Centre.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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