Pakistan

PM Sharif to co-host UN Peacekeeping Summit with Obama, other world leaders

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will lead the Pakistan delegation to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from Sep 25 to 30, where he will also co-host, with US President Barak Obama and other world leaders, a UN Peacekeeping Summit, said the Foreign Office in a press statement on Tuesday.

Over 150 world leaders are scheduled to attend this year’s session coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, said the FO. The Prime Minister will address the General Debate of the General Assembly on 30 September.

“He will articulate the Government’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood and economic development, and share with the world community, Pakistan’s position and priorities on key international and regional issues,” the statement read.

On Sep 27, the Prime Minister will address the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This comprehensive and transformative Agenda comprising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sets a new global development framework for the next fifteen years, replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

It added that PM Sharif will also co-host, with US President Barak Obama and other world leaders, a UN Peacekeeping Summit. This high level meeting will reaffirm the political commitment and support of member states to UN peacekeeping.

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan, over the years, has made substantial contribution to the United Nations efforts in carrying out its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, as a leading participant in UN Peacekeeping Missions around the world.

The prime minister will also participate in a High-Level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation, and the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, being hosted by President Xi Jinping of China.

He will also hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the session.

The statement further said that PM Nawaz Sharif’s participation at the Annual Session of the General Assembly signifies Pakistan’s continuing strong role and engagement with the United Nations and the international community to promote collective responses to the multifaceted challenges of global peace, security and development.

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