HEAD of State David Granger will be heading a delegation to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which has already begun in New York. Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, is also expected to be a part of the delegation, which will deliver Guyana’s contribution towards the post-2015 development agenda. During his stay, in New York, President Granger will engage other world leaders on bilateral matters and issues of mutual interest, the Ministry of the Presidency said in a release. Sustainable development, global security and efforts to diffuse ongoing conflicts, many of which have resulted in explosive global refugee crises, top the agenda of the 70th anniversary UN General Assembly session that has begun its work in New York. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) speech marathon will see more than 160 leaders in attendance.
The agenda, which will be adopted during a special conference, to be held between September 25 and 27, consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, aimed at addressing climate change, economic problems, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues. On September 25, His Holiness Pope Francis will address the UNGA, and from September 25-27, the Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda will convene. The General Debate of the 70th Session of the UNGA will take place from September 28 – 6 October.