President Edgar Lungu has arrived in New York, United States of America (USA) for the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which officially opened on Tuesday last week.
President Lungu has joined other global leaders gathering in New York to discuss issues of global significance.
The Head of State arrived at New York’s Teterboro International Airport at 07:30 hours local time and was received by Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe and Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States Dr Ngosa Simbyakula.
President Lungu is accompanied by State House Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, his Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizar Zulu, Special Assistant for Economics and Development Affairs Hibeene Mwiinga and other senior government officials.
The President was welcomed at the Palace Hotel by his advance delegation to the 73rd General Assembly, which includes Foreign Affairs Minister, Joe Malanji, Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of National Development and Planning Alexander Chiteme and Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri.
The 73rd UN General Assembly will be the most highly attended summit as it will see all the 193 Member States and three Observer States address at the global annual summit of leaders.
The summit will be preceded by a high level plenary meeting called the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Monday at which, Heads of State and Government are expected to address the General Assembly on the need for global peace.
President Lungu’s participation in the Mandela Peace Summit is of added significance both because of the active role Zambia played in the struggle against apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela as well as hosting the headquarters of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa for which Mr Mandela was leader until his imprisonment in 1962 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The theme of the 73rd General Assembly is: “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”
This statement was released to the media by Mr Wallen Simwaka, the First Secretary (Press) Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations