By Foday Moriba Conteh
President Dr. Julius Maada Bio will depart Sierra Leone, today, to attend the seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to be held in New York City scheduled for the 17 – 30 September 2019.
The first day of the high level General Debate of the 74th Session will start on Tuesday, 24th September 2019 and the theme for this year’s session, as decided by the new UNGA President, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, is: “Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.” During the High Level Week (HLW), several high level events will be held on climate change, sustainable development, financing for development, elimination of nuclear weapons and progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States.
On the margins of the 74th Session, His Excellency, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio is expected to deliver speeches and participate in several high level events such as the Universal Health Coverage Meeting, Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit, Sustainable Development Summit and Financing for Development Dialogue. On Tuesday, 24th September 2019, His Excellency, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio will also be hosted at the Yale University where he will deliver a lecture on “Human Capital Development and Innovation: Pillars for Sierra Leone’s Transformation”. The First Lady, Her Excellency Fatima Bio is also expected to participate in several events on the margins focusing on early marriage, rape and eliminating violence against women and girls.
His Excellency, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio will address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, 26th September 2019. Whilst in the United States of America, His Excellency, President. Dr. Julius Maada Bio will also engage Sierra Leoneans on the progress made so far by his New Direction Administration in consolidating peace and national cohesion, the fight against corruption, investment in human capital development, efforts in diversifying the economy and transforming the investment climate.