For more than six decades, Nigeria has actively engaged in the proceedings of the United Nations General Assembly, (UNGA), holding a prominent position among the member states of this global body. The General Assembly serves as the primary policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations, comprising delegates from all 193 member states and other entities. These delegates convene in dedicated sessions to deliberate on pressing international issues.
The General Assembly is also recognized as the largest gathering for diplomatic networking, providing member states with an opportunity to engage in bilateral and multilateral discussions and side events, among other activities. During the High-Level Week, key agenda items included ending the conflict in Ukraine, advancing climate action, and intensifying efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year, Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, joined world leaders in contributing to global discourse, emphasizing his country’s accomplishments in promoting global peace, prosperity, and sustainability. President Tinubu, who assumed office as the 16th President of Nigeria on May 29th, addressed the Assembly, calling on UN member states to exhibit greater commitment in combating terror financing. He also urged them to work towards curbing economic sabotage, illicit mineral and arms smuggling in the developing world.
President Tinubu emphasized his administration’s aggressive economic development diplomacy to attract new investments, highlighting that Nigeria is open for business. He stressed the importance of fostering equitable, mutually beneficial business relationships, advocating for direct investments in critical industries, expanded trade opportunities, and meaningful debt relief.
President Tinubu engaged in meetings with various world leaders, including the Presidents of South Africa and Angola, discussing stronger economic ties and opportunities for collaboration. He also underscored the strategic role of the Islamic world in promoting peace and development across Africa and globally, expressing readiness to collaborate.
At the Nigeria-U.S. Executive Business Roundtable, President Tinubu assured potential investors of his government’s commitment to improving the business environment in Nigeria. He emphasized his administration’s efforts to reform fiscal, monetary, regulatory, and tax policies to boost global investment confidence.
To further boost investor confidence, President Tinubu rang the bell at the National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotation System (NASDAQ) in New York, accompanied by Nigerian business leaders and NGX officials. He also addressed Nigerians in the diaspora, encouraging them to invest in Nigeria and emphasizing the importance of a change in mindset for success.
In addition to President Tinubu’s active participation, the Nigerian delegation took part in several high-level events, including discussions on financing for development, pandemic prevention and response, climate ambition, universal health coverage, and the fight against tuberculosis.
The Minister of State for Environment, Kunle Salako, highlighted Nigeria’s efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change, including the removal of fuel subsidies, which has led to a significant reduction in consumption.
In conclusion, President Bola Tinubu’s participation at the United Nations General Assembly showcased Nigeria’s commitment to global leadership and collaboration on critical issues, reaffirming the nation’s position on the world stage.
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