This week, the United Nations (UN) hosts its 70th general assembly, which will see more than 160 world leaders in attendance. (File photo)
This week, the United Nations (UN) hosts its 70th general assembly, which will see more than 160 world leaders in attendance.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will represent Afghanistan at the world body’s general assembly that kicked off in New York on Tuesday.
Dr. Abdullah, who will be accompanied by foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other senior government officials, is also expected to address the UN general assembly.
Mahmood Saiqal, according to reports, will be formally introduced as Afghanistan’s representative to the UN.
Among the issues that are expected to top the agenda of the 70th UN general assembly include sustainable development, global refugee crisis and global security.
Dr. Abdullah, according to his close aides, will speak about the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and seek international community’s support to the ongoing development efforts in Afghanistan.
Dr. Abdullah, according to his close aides, will speak about the Afghan-led peace process and seek international community’s support to the ongoing development efforts in Afghanistan
He is also expected to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the country and the strained relations with Pakistan.
Among other world leaders who will be delivering their speeches during the session include Russian president Vladimir Putin, China’s president Xi Jinping, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and US president Barack Obama.
Speaking at an opening session on Tuesday, UN general assembly president Mogens Lykketoft said a major priority for this year’s assembly is to ensure that the promises being made for sustainable development are fulfilled.
“In less than 10 days’ time, our leaders will gather in this hall to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Lykketoft said as he opened the session.
The agenda, which will be adopted during a special summit at UN Headquarters, consists of 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets.
“The summit, of course, marks only the beginning,” Mr. Lykketoft said. “There is an urgent need for action right across the three pillars of the UN and ample opportunities to do so during this session. An ambitious and universal climate agreement is an absolute must and the first real test of the world community’s ability to deliver the necessary policy tools for sustainable development.”
Mr. Lykketoft also urged the member states to work together to resolve simmering conflicts, especially in Syria, and find a solution to global refugee crisis.
“The UN and its member states have a strong obligation to work together to end the catastrophic wars and conflicts – not least in and around Syria. And we will have to act here and now to address the huge and explosive refugee crises resulting from ongoing conflicts – and to protect the human rights of all refugees.”
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon also spoke on the occasion and said the new session of the UN general assembly marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the organization.
Mr. Lykketoft also urged the member states to work together to resolve simmering conflicts, especially in Syria, and find a solution to global refugee crisis
“The charter’s principles have stood the test of time, and the United Nations can look back on a record of achievement,” he stated.
“At the same time, we know that suffering remains widespread across the world. My thoughts today are especially with the people of Syria – those inside the country facing terrible violence, and those who have fled, desperately seeking a safe haven and a better life.”
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26th Oct 2017
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