State house boss travelled to New York to join world leaders attending the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters where he will be expected address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
The debate will commence on Tuesday, 19th September 2017 with the theme, ‘focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet.’
The president was accompanied by the first lady and Minister For Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni and was welcomed at the John F. Kennedy international airport by Uganda’s minister of foreign affairs, Sam Kutesa, state Minister for International Affairs, Okello Oryem, Uganda’s ambassador to USA H.E Mull Katende, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations H.E Adonia Ayebare and Uganda’s New York Consulate Military Attaché Major General Silver Kayemba among others.
During the tour in New York ahead of the president’s address to the UN, the President has programmed to hold various high level engagements such as meeting with the US president Donald Trump on the political Declaration on the UN reform, a high level side event on Accelerating efforts to disregard child marriage in Africa by 2030 hosted by President Edgaer Lungu of Zambia.
The president will also attend a high level meeting on the prevention of sexual abuse and manipulation hosted by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Later on, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with Mr. Gutteres before addressing the Uganda Investment Conference.
President of the 72nd session of UNGA, H.E Miroslav Lajcak in his opening statement said that the 72nd session will be a year of ‘firsts’.
‘We will negotiate the first intergovernmental compact on migration. We shall receive the first report on migration. We shall receive the first report from the Secretary General, and convene the first High level event, linked to the landmark resolutions on Sustaining Peace, which were adopted last year and soon many states will sign the first agreement on the elimination of nuclear weapons, as well as the first international compact to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping.’ He said.