African leaders busy ahead of opening of 72nd U.N. General Assembly
African leaders are busily honouring engagements ahead of today’s formal opening of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the body’s headquarters in New Yor
Majority of them are holding meetings on the sidelines of the UNGA, others are taking advantage to hold bilateral and multilateral meetings.
Ghana’s Akufo-Addo for example delivered a lecture at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, on Monday, September 18.
Zambia and Malawian leaders have been engaged in a campaign against child marriage whiles South Africa’s Jacob Zuma has been at the African Heads of State and Government Meeting on Climate Change.
Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari on arrival in New York, he is billed to be the 8th speaker today.
Brief about the 72nd UNGA
Instituted since 1946, the U.N. General Assembly is the biggest annual gathering of world leaders as the body put it, ‘to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges. 193 countries will have their leaders or representatives giving addresses.
It is the first UNGA for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who took over last year from Ban Ki-Moon. Ki-moon stepped down after serving two five-year terms.
The Summit takes place between Tuesday September 19 till Monday September 25. The theme for this year’s session is: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet”.