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Buhari to address UN General Assembly Sept. 21

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By Cecilia Ologunagba

New York, Sept. 6, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari will address the 77th Session of the high-level General Debate of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 21, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President on Tuesday showed that Buhari would be the first speaker on the second day of the gathering.

The UN correspondent of NAN reports that Buhari will be the fourth African leader to address the General Assembly and first speaker on the second day of the session.

The Nigerian leader would deliver his address around 9am (around 2pm Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries would also speak at the session.

Leaders from Ghana, Gabon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic are expected to speak at the session.

The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro would be the first world leader to present his address to the 77th session as it is tradition, followed by the U.S. President, Joe Biden, the traditional second speaker, being the host country.

NAN reports that the 77th session of the UN General Assembly is slated to take place between 12 and 27 Sept. while the General Debate will take place from 20th to 26th Sept.

The 77th session of the General Assembly will open on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, with the inauguration of a new President, Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary, who will take on the mantle for the next twelve months.

The President of the 76th session, Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, will bow out that day.

Meanwhile, the Transforming Education Summit is billed as a major event at the session.

Friday, Sept. 16 is “Mobilisation Day”, which will be youth-led and youth-organised, bringing young people’s concerns over their education to decision and policymakers.

The second day is designed to be a platform for initiatives that will contribute to transforming education.

The third day, on Monday, Sept. 19, is Leaders Day, capitalising on the fact that no fewer than 82 Heads of State and Government will be in New York.

It will also feature the presentation of the Summit’s Youth Declaration and the Secretary-General’s Vision Statement for Transforming Education.

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