JONATHAN Leaves For UNGA, SATURDAY

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(NAN) President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja for New York on Saturday to participate in the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, on Friday in Abuja, stated that the Summit would focus on identifying parameters for the post-2015 global development agenda.

Abati said that the President would also meet with President Barack Obama of the U.S. in New York.

Jonathan, according to Abati, will join other world leaders for high-level discussions on ways and means of building on the progress made thus far towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals that were agreed in the year 2000.

He said the President and members of his delegation would participate in other high-level events focussing on women, youth and civil society, human rights and the rule of law, as well as the use of information communications technology for development.

Abati said the Nigerian delegation led by the President would also contribute to thematic debates on the role of partnerships and how stable and peaceful societies can contribute to development.

Other themes to be discussed are, the role of potable water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 global development agenda.

Pic - Credit AFP
Pic – Credit AFP

He said Nigeria’s statement to the 68th Session of UNGA, to be delivered by the President, would be broadcast live by the Nigerian Television Authority on Tuesday.

Abati said the President would on Monday take his administration’s drive for greater foreign investment in Nigeria to the famous New York Stock Exchange.

He said the President would be honoured by the New York Stock Exchange with the opportunity of ringing the closing bell for the day.

Abati said the President would be accompanied by the First Lady, Dame Patience, representatives of the governors’ forum, representatives of the National Assembly and some ministers.

He said the President would also confer with the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and hold bilateral talks with other heads of state and government.

Abati said the President would also host a reception for the Nigerian Community in the U. S. before leaving New York for Abuja on Wednesday. (NAN)

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