For the next two weeks starting today 25th September, 2018 world leaders will be gathering to discuss global issues as it is the norm every year. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is set to hold its 73rd session and 6 broad issues will be the highlight of the event.
One of these is the Political Adoption of Peace to honour South Africa’s, Nelson Mandela. Africa celebrated his post-humous centenary birthday on July 18, 2018, with so many stories to tell about him.
Other broad areas to be dealt with in this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2018 includes;
- The UNGA; One Country, One Vote: Today, the UN is made up of 193 Member States (there were only 51 back when it was created in 1945), 40 percent of which is lower, or lower-middle income countries.
- This is the first time the event will be presided over by a woman: Ahead of each session of the GA, a new President is elected. The President of the 73rd General Assembly is María Fernanda Espinosa, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador. Out of 73 Presidents, she’s only the fourth woman and the first Latin American woman ever to hold the office.
- This year’s debate will focus on global leadership and shared responsibilities.
- Brazil will be speaking first, followed by the United States.
- The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will address dozens of other critical global issues and bring them to the forefront of the global geopolitical scene
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Before I delve into this seemingly self-explanatory topic let me share an experience with you on my Christmas journey from Port Harcourt to Owerri, both capital cities of Rivers and Imo states, Nigeria respectively. Due to limited flights in Owerri, I had to go through Port Harcourt and unfortunately, the airport renovation that was started is far from being completed. Passengers literally struggle to get their luggage under a canopy both domestic and international flights alike.
Now to my near frustration on that journey. The road that leads from the airport all the way to Owerri as it is has been segmented into what you can call the proofs of responsible leadership and irresponsible leadership. It is a trunk A (federal road) so it is expected that the central government will take responsibility for it. The proof of responsible leadership of the road spans from Port Harcourt all the way to the boundary line of the two states (Rivers and Imo); on record, it was constructed by the State government of former governor Chibuike Amaechi.