President Edgar Lungu has arrived in New York to attend the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level meetings.
President Lungu, First Lady Mrs Esther Lungu, the President’s Political Advisor Mr. Kaizar Zulu and other members of the Presidential entourage landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey at 07:18 AM Eastern Standard Time, and was received by Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Her Excellency Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota.
According to the statement released to the media by Zambia’s First Secretary for Press and Public Relations Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Mr Chibaula D. Silwamba, the President and the receiving party travelled by road from New Jersey to New York.
Permanent Secretaries Ambassador Chalwe Lombe (Foreign Affairs), Ms. Kayula Siame (Commerce) and Mr. Trevor Kaunda (Lands), the Presidents’ advisors, Zambia UN Mission diplomatic staff led by Deputy Permanent Representative Ms. Christine Kalamwina and other senior government officials were on hand to welcome the President in New York.
President Lungu and over 100 other Heads of State and Government will participate in the deliberations of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, which is being held under theme: The Sustainable Development Goals: A universal Push to transform our world.
Preceding his address to the General Assembly, President Lungu will deliver Zambia’s statement at the High-Level Meeting on addressing the Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. The President and his Slovenian counterpart will co-chair Round Table Two (2) titled: Addressing the drivers of migration, particularly large movements, and highlighting the positive contributions.
The High-Level Summit will adopt an outcome document titled “the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants”, through which the international community will propose new approaches to sharing responsibility for refugees. This is meant to bring in more States to support refugees and host States at an early stage of displacements in a more predictable manner.
In Zambia’s capacity as Vice-President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Lungu will preside over the evening deliberations of the plenary session of the High-Level Meeting to Address the Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, prior to the closure of the one-day meeting.
As President of country that has been host to refugees for decades, Mr. Lungu will attend The Leader’s Summit on Refugees to be hosted by U.S. President His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Ban.
President Lungu is scheduled to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris on 12 December 2015.
At least 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on 22 April, 2016, on the first day it was opened for signature, at a special Signing Ceremony at UN HQ in New York. The Paris Agreement is expected to enter into force upon having ratification from a minimum total of 55 member states, of which about 26 member states ratified by 31 August, 2016.
President Lungu will address the UN General Assembly on the opening day of the General Debate on Tuesday 20 September, 2016.
President Lungu will use this opportunity to highlight, to the global community, Zambia’s development agenda and aligning the same to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
President Lungu is committed to improve the wellbeing of all Zambians through implementation of sound development initiatives that will spur social, political and economic, as well as job creation for all.
The UN General Assembly is a good platform to showcase Zambia’s social, political and economic successes and opportunities.
President Lungu will take part in the commemorative event to mark the First anniversary of the Adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
President Lungu will also honour an invitation from the US Department of Commerce and the Bloomberg Philanthropies to participate in the US-Africa Business Forum.
The Forum will focus on increasing trade and investment opportunities between the U.S. and African nations, and US President Barack Obama and several African Presidents will participate.
The US-Africa Business Forum will accord President Lungu to engage potential investors.
On the other hand, the First Lady Mrs Esther Lungu will participate in several high-profile meetings including the African First Ladies/Spouses and Heads of State and Government High Level Meeting, focusing on stopping cancer in Africa. She will also participate at the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA)/United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) annual event to be held under the theme” Improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Adolescent girls: The role of First Ladies”.
The First Lady is expected to attend the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Induction Ceremony where she will be inducted as Pan African Chairperson of AWEP.