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Abdullah bin Zayed chairs UAE's delegation to 70th session of United Nations General Assembly

posted on 30/09/2015: 1420 views



NEW YORK: UAE Foreign Minister, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, headed the UAE's delegation to the 70th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which is being attended by nearly 100 heads of state and government as well as a majority of foreign ministers of UN Member States.

The UAE delegation includes Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, and a group of senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The President of the General Assembly challenged the United Nations to generate the political will to end conflict and poverty and invest the trillions of dollars that will be needed to build a sustainable global infrastructure over the next 15 years.

"It is time for far reaching decisions to bring an end to the devastating conflicts and to start investing big in sustainable development. Action is needed now,' Mogens Lykketoft told heads of state and government and other high representatives gathered for opening session of the Assembly's annual General Debate in New York yesterday.

"Now, we face the even more daunting task of transforming our vision into action," Lykketoft said, underscoring that the ambition of UN Member States will only be realised in a world of peace and security and respect for human rights, and "not in a world, where investment in armaments and wars more and more absorbs and destroys a huge share of resources we have committed to invest in sustainable development."

For his part, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set the stage for 70th General Debate with a call to "translate promises on paper to action on the ground" by backing a bold new sustainability agenda that aims to wipe out poverty and build a sustainable future for all.

"Our aim is clear. Our mission is possible. And our destination is in our sights: an end to extreme poverty by 2030; a life of peace and dignity for all," the Secretary-General declared, noting that this session of the General Assembly had opened with a "towering achievement". It was the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for, including 17 inspiring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What counts now is translating those promises on paper into real change, said the UN chief.

The 70th General Assembly opened this year with the adoption of Agenda 2030 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion on international issues covered by the UN Charter. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395286136131.html

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