The Minister of Foreign Affairs , Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver a speech at the General Assembly.
“He is fifth on the list of presidents to address the assembly,” Onyeama said.
Onyeama stated this on Tuesday during a media briefing on Nigeria’s participation at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
A press release from the ministry stated:
Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs held a media brief today on Nigeria’s participation in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
2. The theme for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly is ‘Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion’. The focal areas identified by the President of the 74th UNGA resonate with Nigeria.
3. President Buhari will deliver a speech at the General Assembly. He is fifth on the list of Presidents to address the assembly. The advantage is that it provides a great opportunity to not only project the country, but also articulate to the world, priorities of the Nigerian government.
4. In addition, the General Assembly offers the country an opportunity for engagement in many fora. Side events to be organised by Nigeria include the following:
– SDGs Integration; Bridging the Policy Planning Budget Gap for the achievement of the SDGs
-Promotion of International Cooperation to combat illicit financial flows and strengthen good practices on asset recovery and return to foster sustainable development in the country
– Sanitation and Hygiene Campaign for a Clean Nigeria: Sharing lessons and key insights
5. Furthermore, Mr. President has been invited to a number of high-level meetings and events, which include:
– Climate Action Summit 2019: a race we must win
– Universal Health Coverage
– Political Forum on SDGs
– Commemorative Event to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the convention of the rights of the child.
– Dialogue on financing for development
– Meeting on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
– Meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of Small Islands Developing States through the implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.
6. There are a number of deliverables that Nigeria is working towards and we shall partake in engagements that will support our needs. Nigeria is also vying for some seats/positions in some international organisations and committees including the International Maritime Organisation, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, the International Civil Aviation Council and the Committee Against Torture.
7. The 74th session of the UN General Assembly provides Nigeria a platform to project itself as an important member of the international community. Having our Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Bande-Muhammed as the President of the UNGA also gives us high visibility and greater influence to push agendas of importance to us such as the fight against corruption, countering violent extremism and terrorism, the treatment of migrants as well as the recharging of Lake Chad. We will also engage with other countries to aid in our quest to successfully deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.