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UNGA President Garces arrives Nigeria on working visit

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President of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Garces, on Monday arrived Abuja at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, on a working visit to Nigeria.

Garces and her delegation were received by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations office in Abuja.

According to a statement by the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Friday Akpan, the UNGA President will use the opportunity of her visit to have a bilateral meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

She will also meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ahead of a joint press conference.

The key issues to be discussed during the meeting are Nigeria’s transition to the 74th Presidency of the General Assembly; Strengthening Multilateralism to respond to global challenges; Nigeria’s role in Regional Peace and Security; and Nigeria’s Regional Initiatives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Similarly, the UN diplomat is also expected to present a paper with the theme “Responding to Global Challenges in a fast-changing World: the Case for Strengthening Multilateralism” at the University of Abuja.

Before leaving on Wednesday, Garces will hold an Interactive Session with women at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

Espinosa said that Africa was at the forefront of global development and her visit to the region for the second time as 73rd President of the UNGA indicates the interest of the UN in Africa.

“It is an honor to meet ministers and the President and strengthen the relationships between Nigeria and the United Nations.

“Basically, we are going to discuss the main challenges of Nigeria and the need to address the issues of Peace and security together with the challenges of development and environmental protection.

“I think that Nigeria has shown a great example and leadership in putting together these factors; climate change, environmental protection, peace and security.”

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