Media briefing on 65th regular session of UN General Assembly held

Accra – The United Nations Information Centre in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has organized a media briefing to give Ghanaian journalists highlights of the upcoming regular session of the UN General Assembly which opens in New York on Tuesday, 14th September 2010.

The UN Resident Co-ordinator, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, responding to some of the questions raised by journalists.

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni and the UN Resident Co-ordinator, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon addressed the media.

The Foreign Minister noted that “Ghana’s continued participation in the annual session of the General Assembly represents recognition of the country’s commitment to multilateralism and its active contribution to the values and objectives of the United Nations.” He recalled that for the over 50 years that the country has been a member of the organization, “Ghana has worked tirelessly with other Member States in promoting international peace and security, as well as sustainable development and it would continue to do so in the future.”

Sections of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration and media personnel at the briefing.

Alhaji Mumuni stressed that the country will continue to support ongoing reforms of both the General Assembly and the Security Council to revitalize and make the organization more efficient to deal with emerging challenges facing the international community in the twenty-first century. He was very particular about the reform of the Security Council saying “Ghana strongly supports the reform of the Security Council, especially considering the fact that Africa remains the only region currently without permanent representation on the Council.”

The Minister said the annual session of the General Assembly created the platform for world leaders to consider challenges facing the international community and hoped the upcoming regular session will strengthen “the effectiveness and promote the Assembly’s work, in particular, its tradition of building consensus and dialogue for the solution of global problems.”

On her part, the UN Resident Co-ordinator, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon highlighted the key issues the session will consider. They include:

A three-day High-level Plenary meeting on the Millennium Development Goals from 20 to 22 September 2010; Climate Change; Food Security; Reconstruction and strengthening of fragile and post-conflict states; Disarmament and United Nations reform, including the Security Council and the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly as well as a review of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council.

On the MDGs, Madam Sandhu-Rojon said Ghana will launch its national report this week and had no doubt that the country was on track at achieving the targets set even though there were challenges. She was optimistic that with the remaining five years ahead to the target date of 2015, renewed efforts will be made on the part of both government and development partners including the UN system, to overcome the challenges of child and maternal mortality.

This year, the Assembly has 155 items on its provisional agenda. These have been grouped under:  The promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development; Maintenance of International Peace and Security; Development of Africa; Promotion of Human Rights; Effective Co-ordination of Humanitarian Efforts; Promotion of Justice and International Law; Disarmament; Drug Control, Crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and Manifestations and Organizational, administrative and other matters.

The UN Secretary-General, H. E. Ban Ki-moon will kick-start the general debate with the presentation of his report on the Work of the Organisation to the General Assembly. The theme for the annual general debate is “Reaffirming the Central Role of the United Nations in Global Governance.” This regular session of the UN General Assembly will close in December.