President Yoweri Museveni has arrived in New York for the 71st United Nations General Assembly .
Museveni, who flew in after a visit to France, was received at the JFK international airport by Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Richard Nduhuura and Uganda’s ambassador to the United States Oliver Wonekha. He is accompanied by the First Lady and Minister for Education Janet Kataha Museveni.
The United Nations General assembly is expected to among others, discuss key issues including the question of refugees, climate change, progress made on the sustainable development goals, strengthening global health and advancing gender equality. This year’s theme is the “The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world.”
The President will deliver a keynote address at the EAC Heads of State and CEOs roundtable hosted by the US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
He will later join other heads of htate at the opening of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly and later attend a leaders summit on refugees hosted by President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau, German Chancellor Chancellor Angela Merkel, Swedish Prime minister Stefan Löfven, King of Jordan Abdulla 11 and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
UN refugee summit hears call to confront ‘race-baiting bigots’
The UN rights chief on Monday made a rousing appeal to confront the world’s “race-baiting bigots” at the first-ever summit on refugees and slammed the United Nations for failing to end the war in Syria.
World governments pledged at the summit to scale up efforts to confront the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, adopting a political declaration that human rights groups have criticized as almost meaningless.
“This should not be a comfortable summit,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the gathering at the UN General Assembly.
The summit kicked off a week of high-level diplomacy as world leaders are set to address the annual General Assembly meeting, which this year will be dominated by the conflict in Syria.
On Tuesday, US President Obama will host a second summit at which some 40 countries will make new offers of aid, either by taking in more refugees or supporting access to education and jobs.