Nigerian Ambassador to lead United Nations General Assembly

[UN-NGO] Sisters representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations share this news from the UN:

The next leader of the United Nations General Assembly (GA) is from Nigeria.  His Excellency Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, was appointed General Assembly President during a June 4 meeting in New York.  He will succeed current President, Her Excellency Maria Fernanda Espinosa, of Ecuador.

The new GA President begins his term in September, a time when world leaders come together in New York for the 74thUN General Assembly.  

A new president is appointed each year to preside over the General Assembly, which includes 193 member states.  The GA addresses a variety of global issues mentioned in the UN Charter.  In addition to the September meeting, the GA also holds special or emergency sessions.  The Nigerian Ambassador would preside over such meetings.

Mr. Muhammed-Bande takes over leadership at a time of multiple important activities.  In September, meetings will be held related to climate change, financing for development, universal health coverage, Small Island Developing States, and the High Level Political Forum.

Speaking after his election, the new GA President articulated some of his priories. Reforming the UN Security Council to make it more democratic is one of them.  Peace and conflict resolution is another.  Peace and prosperity for the most vulnerable will be a further focus.  He also mentioned security, poverty eradication, climate action, quality education, inclusion, and zero hunger.  In addition, he will encourage partnerships to address these issues.  Other important considerations will include women and youth, gender parity within the UN system, and human rights.

The Nigerian Ambassador was instrumental in promoting a UN resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education.  During his tenure as GA President, the UN will celebrate its 75thanniversary.

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