President Bola Tinubu will on Sunday depart Abuja for New York, where he will join other world leaders in the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The theme of the UNGA is: “Rebuilding trust and Reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.”
In a statement sent to ANIQmedia by presidential spokesman Chief Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu is scheduled to deliver his inaugural National address on September 19, 2023, the first day of the High-Level General Debate of UNGA.
Chief Ajuri added that, “before engaging in the General Debate, the President will join other world leaders to participate in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (UN 2023 Summit on SDGs).”
Giving insights on the contents of the president’s speech at UNGA, the statement noted that it will touch on “sustainable development, climate change, global cooperation, and the imperative to address inequalities and global humanitarian crises.”
“President Tinubu is slated to participate in the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development; High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response; UN Secretary General’s Climate Ambition Summit; High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage; High-Level Panel on Reform of the Global Financial Architecture, amongst others,” Ajuri Ngelale added.
Several other high powered engagements are already lined up for the president as captured in the press statement from the State House; “In New York, President Tinubu is also scheduled to hold several bilateral meetings with world leaders, including the Presidents of the European Union Commission, Brazil, and South Africa, amongst others.
“The President will also advance his economic development agenda for aggressive investment attraction in meetings with the global leadership of transnational firms, such as Microsoft, Meta Technologies, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, and others.
“Furthermore, on the margins of UNGA, President Tinubu will detail emerging cross-sectoral investment opportunities in Nigeria in his address to American business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“It is noteworthy that while engaging with officials at the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ) Headquarters in New York City, the Nigerian leader will have the honour of conducting the NASDAQ closing ceremony during its trading session, making President Tinubu the first African President to do this.
“The President will also address the Nigerian SMEs Business Summit, where he will seek to highlight the increasingly important role of Nigerian enterprises in global trade.”