President Museveni has arrived in New York, for the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly currently taking place at the UN Headquarters.
The UN General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September under the theme ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.’
Officials told ChimpReports on Sunday the President is scheduled to hold various “high level engagements” during his tour ahead of his address to the UN.
One of the engagements include a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the political Declaration on the UN reform.
The U.S.-drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends “to initiate effective, meaningful reform.”
It reads: “We support the secretary-general in making concrete changes in the United Nations system to better align its work on humanitarian response, development and sustaining peace initiatives.”
“We commit to reducing mandate duplication, redundancy and overlap, including among the main organs of the United Nations.”
President Museveni and his Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa has previously pushed harder for structural reforms at the Security Council with the view of making the powerful institution more “representative” of the broader interests of members.
Kutesa also pointed out that at the 2005 World Summit, leaders expressed support for reform of the Council to “make it more broadly representative, efficient and transparent and thus to further enhance its effectiveness and the legitimacy and implementation of its decisions.”
Several leaders across the world have previously challenged United Nations to create equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council.
The Security Council reserves the primary responsibility to maintain international peace and security and to make decisions about the use of force in enforcement actions but critics say this power has always been abused by western powers.
The presidency said Museveni will further attend a high level side event on Accelerating Efforts to eliminate Child Marriage in Africa by 2030 hosted by President Edgar Lungu of Zambia and a circle of leadership High level meeting on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation hosted by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Museveni will later hold a bilateral meeting with Mr. Guterres before addressing the Uganda Investment Conference of about 200 participants.
On Tuesday September 19, President Museveni will address the UN General assembly between 1700 -1715 hours (10:00 -10:15 pm Ugandan time).
The President who is accompanied by the First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni was received at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport by Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa, the State Minister for International Affairs, Okello Oryem; Uganda’s Ambassador to USA, Mull Katende, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations Adonia Ayebare and Uganda’s New York Consulate Military Attaché Major General Silver Kayemba among others.
In his opening statement, Miroslav lajčák, president of the 72nd session of the UN general assembly, said the 72nd Session will be a year of “firsts”.
“We will negotiate the first intergovernmental compact on migration. We will receive the first report from the Secretary-General, and convene the first high-level event, linked to the landmark resolutions on Sustaining Peace, which were adopted last year and soon many states will sign the first agreement on the elimination of nuclear weapons, as well as the first international compact to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping”.
Following his election as the President of the 72nd session of the UNGA, Miroslav Lajack identified prevention and mediation for sustaining peace; migration; political momentum for the SDGs and climate; human rights and equality, including equal opportunities for genders; and quality of events organized by the Presidency as the six overreaching priorities of his tenure.