leaders set for UNGA 71st session
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 20, 2016
World leaders are set to take part in the general debate of the seventy-first Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, with the toughest global challenges, including terrorism and the refugee crisis, high on their agenda.
The meetings will begin later today, and will continue until the twenty-sixth of September, with over one hundred and forty heads of state and government scheduled to deliver speeches at the General Assembly Hall during the sessions throughout the week.
“The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world” has been proposed as the theme for the assembly’s general debate.
Theseventy-first session of the assembly is facing one of the toughest to-do lists as the world is currently grappling with serious issues, including violence, terrorism, refugee crisis, climate change and nuclear proliferation.
According to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, among the important topics on the agenda is Syria’s five-year militancy, which has so far claimed the lives of more than four hundred thousand people.