Written by Lahiru Fernando
20 Sep, 2016 | 9:54 pm
The Sustainable Development Goals – a universal push to transform our world has been proposed as the theme for the general debate of the 71st sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. The assembly began today, Tuesday,September 20 at 6 p.m. Sri Lankan time with approximately 120 heads of states.
Representatives of 193 countries are attending today’s session, including the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena. Minister of Foreign Affairs Managala Samaraweera, Faizer Musthapha , Arjuna Ranataunga and Gayanatha Karunathilake are among the ministers accompanying the president.
Foreign Minister Managala Samaraweera held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UNGA.
It is the world’s toughest “to do” list – stop violent extremism, solve the worst global refugee crisis in a quarter century, foster peace in the ravaged Middle East and – in the meantime – work to end poverty, disease, hunger and the threat of nuclear weapons.
That’s the agenda as more than 120 heads of state and government who have arrived in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.
The UN will mark its own endings, too, as both President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attend the sessions for the last time in their current capacities.
The regular sessions of the UNGA began on September 13 where permanent representatives of countries highlighted their concerns.
President Barack Obama was in the city, last night, to hold emergency meetings with his counterparts to discuss many issues that concern the United States.
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