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Pres. Sirleaf to address UN General Assembly Wednesday

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Head of the Liberian Government, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Head of the Liberian Government, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Head of the Liberian Government, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is expected to address the UN General Assembly Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in New York.

Prior to her address, President Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to arrive in the U.S. later Monday, to attend a High-Level Plenary meeting and bilateral engagements.

The High-Level Plenary Meeting is intended to address large movements of refugees and migrants, an issue that has attracted the world’s attention.

According to a release, the General Assembly will also host the UN’s Private Sector Forum called, “Business and the 2030 Agenda…Securing the way forward.”

The Forum will highlight possibilities for companies to help prevent instability and to help build peaceful societies through creating jobs, investing in education, and supporting refugee resettlement efforts.

About 350 world leaders will participate in the Forum and the participants will include Chief Executives, Heads of States and Governments, UN Agency Heads, and Civil Society, Investors as well as signatories to the UN Global Compact.

Another event that will take place Monday on the margins of the General Assembly is the 1.5 Degree Celsius Temperature Limit.

The event pushes for a better climate for growth, development and food security, organized by Climate Analysts.

It is intended to discuss the strong potential for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement to mutually reinforce each other’s ambition and result.

The event will provide insight into how delivering on the 1.5 Degree Celsius Temperature Limit will not only avoid severe risks and damages, especially to the most vulnerable, but will also avoid contributing to global prosperity.

This can be achieved through enhanced food security, energy independence, health and well-being, livelihoods and resilience.

Also, a general debate of the 71st Session, to begin Tuesday, September 20, will last up to Monday, September 26.

The theme for this year’s general debate is “The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to transform our World.”

The release also noted that the General Debate will begin with the address by the Brazilian President, Michel Temer, followed by US President, Barack Obama, among other Heads of State and Governments.

She will hold the High-Level Plenary meeting and bilateral engagements with foreign leaders and partners on the sidelines of the Assembly.

At the same time, Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara, is in New York, the United States of America to participate in the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Minister Kamara is at the head of an advanced Liberian delegation to the Session.

According to a release, she and delegation have already begun working, in collaboration with Liberia’s Ambassador, Lewis Brown, and his team at the Permanent Mission to the United States.

In a related development, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, will make his final report to the General Assembly on the UN’s work as he steps down on December 31, after serving the organization for two successive terms.



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