Tinubu Takes Center Stage At 78 UNGA And Sustainable Development

By Mohammed Bello Doka. 

President Bola Tinubu, the newly elected leader of Nigeria, has made his way to New York City for the prestigious 78th United Nations General Assembly. This marks President Tinubu's first attendance at the UNGA since assuming office earlier this year.

The theme for this year's UNGA, "Rebuilding trust and Reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all," resonates deeply with President Tinubu's vision for Nigeria's future.

During his stay in New York, President Tinubu's schedule is jam-packed with various engagements that reflect his commitment to the global community. One of the key highlights is his inaugural National Statement, which he will deliver on the floor of the United Nations headquarters on September 19th, 2023. This speech will not only showcase President Tinubu's vision for Nigeria but will also emphasize the nation's role in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Furthermore, President Tinubu will actively participate in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, engaging in critical discussions regarding sustainable development, climate change, global cooperation, addressing inequalities, and the global humanitarian crisis. This forum is an important platform for shaping future policies and actions that will drive progress towards a better world.

In addition to these engagements, President Tinubu will be a prominent figure in various high-level meetings, including those focused on Financing for Development, Pandemic Prevention, Climate Ambition Summit, Universal Health Coverage, and Global Financial Architecture reform. These meetings will allow President Tinubu to engage with world leaders and contribute to essential global conversations.

Moreover, President Tinubu's visit will not be limited to diplomatic affairs alone. He will also have bilateral meetings with key players in the global business sphere, including the EU Commission, Brazil, South Africa, and influential transnational firms like Microsoft, Meta Technologies, Exxon Mobil, and General Electric. These meetings will provide President Tinubu with the opportunity to strengthen partnerships, attract investments, and showcase Nigeria's potential as a thriving business destination.

Addressing American business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be another significant event during President Tinubu's visit. This platform will afford him the chance to highlight Nigeria's business-friendly environment and encourage direct investments from American entrepreneurs.

In a historic moment, President Tinubu will have the privilege of conducting the NASDAQ closing ceremony, becoming the first African President to do so. This symbolic gesture further underscores Nigeria's growing prominence on the global stage.

Finally, President Tinubu will address the Nigerian SMEs Business Summit, where he will focus on supporting and empowering small and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria. This summit will serve as a platform for discussing strategies that can drive economic growth, create employment opportunities, and promote entrepreneurship in the country.

President Bola Tinubu's presence at the 78th UN General Assembly is a testament to Nigeria's dedication to playing an active role in global affairs. With an extensive agenda filled with important speeches, high-level meetings, and engagements with world leaders and businesses, President Tinubu aims to showcase Nigeria's commitment to sustainable development, promote international cooperation, and attract investments that will contribute to the nation's progress.

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