Accra, 16 September 2014 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the United Nations system in Ghana have held a media briefing on the Opening of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly to provide an overview of events leading to the UN General Debate which begins on September 24 and key issues to be discussed during the debate. The session was led by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Hanna Serwaah Tetteh (MP) and the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Ms Susan Ngongi.
Ghana’s delegation to the General Assembly Debate would be led by President John Dramani Mahama. He is expected to deliver a statement on September 25. Ghana would also be engaged in a number of high-level meetings and events at which time President Mahama would deliver papers from the country’s position and from a regional perspective as Chairman of ECOWAS.
The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly opened on Tuesday, September 16. In his opening address, the President of 69th UN GA, Hon. Sam Kutesa of Uganda said “we must strive to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda is truly transformative, with the eradication of poverty and hunger and the promotion of sustained and inclusive economic growth as its overarching objectives.” He will, in the course of the 69th Session of the UN GA, convene three high-level Thematic Debates in February on the Means of Implementation for the post-2015 Development Agenda, in March on Advancing Gender equality and Empowerment of Women in the post-2015 Development Agenda, and in May on addressing Peaceful Settlement of Disputes and Strengthening Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional Organizations.