Pohamba off to New York for UN General Assembly

20 Sep 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Saturday left for the United States of America (USA), where he will join other world leaders in attending the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
The general debate of the 69th Session of the General Assembly is set to take place at the UN Headquarters from Monday to Saturday.
Prime Minister Nahas Angula; Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Nickey Iyambo; Presidential Affairs Minister and Attorney-General Albert Kawana; and other Senior Government officials were at the Eros Airport to see the Head of State off.
President Pohamba is being accompanied by First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, while Foreign Affairs Minister Utoni Nujoma also forms part of the delegation, but left for New York earlier.
A media statement issued by the Deputy Director of Information and Research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marbeline Mwashekele on Wednesday said Pohamba is expected to address the UN General Assembly for the last time as Head of State during the event, and will also attend other events on the side-lines of the General Assembly, including the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Summit, where he will also deliver a statement.
During his visit to Namibia in July last year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to the Climate Change Summit whilst recognising the positive role Namibia has been playing in the fight against the phenomenon.
The summit will provide a unique opportunity for world leaders to make bold commitments and actions towards reducing emissions, strengthen climate change resilience and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.
“Namibia will also be hosting on the margins of the 69th Session of the General Assembly a High-Level Side-Event on Security Council Resolution 1325. Resolution 1325 recognises the intrinsic role of women in conflict resolution, rather than viewing them only as victims of war,” Mwashekele noted.
The resolution recognises women’s active role in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace.
It was adopted during Namibia’s presidency of the UN Security Council in 2000.
The annual UN Treaty event will likewise take place from 23 to 25 September, and from 30 September to 01 October.
This affords Member States the opportunity to demonstrate their continuing commitment by signing and ratifying or acceding to treaties for which the UN Secretary-General acts as depositor.
Namibia will during the Treaty Event sign up to the Arms Trade Treaty.
The Arms Trade Treaty is the first international legal instrument aimed at regulating the transfer of conventional arms, including small arms and light weapons which continue to pose a threat to sustainable peace in developing countries, particularly Africa.
President Pohamba and his delegation are expected back in Namibia next Saturday.