President Bola Tinubu will head a 17-member delegation to the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) in New York. The event will take place from September 18 to 26.
Governors Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom, and others will accompany him. Special Adviser to the President, Ajuri Ngelale, confirmed this in a statement.
The delegation also includes seven ministers. They will engage in roundtable meetings and bilateral talks with global leaders.
The theme of UNGA78 is focused on rebuilding trust and global solidarity. Tinubu will deliver his inaugural national statement on September 19.
Before that, he will participate in a high-level forum on sustainable development. His address will cover issues like climate change and global cooperation.
President Tinubu’s delegation to the 78th United Nations General Assembly is a significant moment for Nigeria. It marks his first appearance at the annual gathering as the country’s leader.
The inclusion of six governors and seven ministers in the delegation is noteworthy. It suggests a unified front as Nigeria engages with the global community.
However, the size of the delegation also raises questions. Is it necessary to have such a large group, especially when Tinubu recently directed a freeze on visas for officials without direct UNGA participation?
The focus of the delegation on issues like sustainable development and global cooperation is commendable. Yet, how will these discussions translate into actionable plans for Nigeria?
Did You Know?
- The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is one of the six main organs of the UN.
- UNGA78’s theme, “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity,” aims to accelerate action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.
- President Tinubu is the first African president to conduct the NASDAQ closing ceremony during its trading session.
- Nigeria is a founding member of the United Nations, having joined on October 7, 1960.
- The United Nations has 193 member states, and Nigeria has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council four times.