UNIC Accra holds press briefing on the opening of the 67th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly

Accra – UNIC Accra recently held a press briefing on the opening of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly. Among the dignitaries present were his Excellency the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ambassador Chris Kpodo, Director of Multilateral Bureau of the Ministry and the UN Heads of Agencies.

The main speakers were Ambassador Chris Kpodo and the UNAIDS Country Director, Mr. Girmay Haile who spoke on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. Briefing the press, Mr. Girmay Haile presented the key issues on the UN General Assembly agenda which included the Millennium Development Goals and the Post 2015 agenda, the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of conflicts, climate change and sustainable development including the outcome of RIO+20 Conference, the rule of law at national and international levels, food security and UN reforms. In all he found them very relevant to Ghana. He therefore related it to Ghana and discussed at length Ghana’s economic development over the last 20 years. Mr. Haile expounded the economic development of Ghana over the last 20 years to link the issues’ relevance to the country. He said despite the progress made by Ghana, MDG 5 on maternal health and MDG 7 especially its target on sanitation remain a serious challenge. He pledged the UN’s support to continue to work closely with national partners to help build national capacities for sustained development towards 2015 and beyond.

Ambassador Chris Kpodo for his part recapped the essence of the press briefing as a platform to provide the media with information on the issues on the agenda of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly and to afford the public the opportunity to provide further clarification on issues that may be of interest to the Ghanaian media and the wider public.   He elaborated on Ghana’s plans and programmes in the areas to be tabled at the General Assembly.

On the issue of the rule of law, Ambassador Kpodo said “on the international scene, Ghana continues to advocate and promote the respect for international law, treaty obligations and the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means as enshrined in article 40(c) of the Ghana constitution”. He indicated that Ghana’s participation in the annual session of the UN General Assembly will be attended by a high delegation to be led by H. E. President John Dramani Mahama and that Ghana will continue to support the on-going reforms of both the General Assembly and the Security Council, to revitalize and make the UN more efficient to deal with new and emerging challenges facing the international community in the twenty-first century.

He congratulated H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic of Serbia on his election as President of the sixty seventh Session of the General Assembly and pledged Ghana’s support for him during his presidency.

Follow the links below for further media publications on the coverage of the press briefing:

http://globalnewsreel.com/local-news/un-general-assembly-opens-next-week.htm

http://www.ghanaweb.com/public_agenda/article.php?ID=16944

http://www.ghananewsagency.org/details/Economics/Ghana-making-impressive-progress-towards-achieving-Millennium-Development-Goals-Chris-Kpodo/?ci=3&ai=49395#.UFtYhK7-bKQ