|President off to New York|
|Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:00|
Caesar Zvayi Deputy Editor
Nations General Assembly that opened at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday. The President, who is being accompanied by the First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and senior Government officials; was seen off at the Harare International Airport by senior Government officials and service chiefs.
The 67th Session opened with a call for peaceful solutions to international disputes at a time the UN host country; the United States has embarked on a concerted campaign of aggression in the Middle East and Africa.
Washington’s sabre-rattling has been largely held in check by the veto powers of China and Russia in the Security Council.
President Mugabe is scheduled to address the General Assembly during the annual debate that begins on September 25 and runs until October 1.
The annual debate will be preceded by a high-level meeting on the rule of law at national and international levels, during which member states will deliberate on strengthening the rule of law.
He also outlined the main areas of focus for this year’s session, whose overarching theme is peaceful settlement of international disputes.
‘‘I hope this framework will usefully serve the noble cause of preventing gathering conflicts and resolving existing ones,’’ Mr Jeremic said.
He also highlighted the importance of arms control and disarmament, strengthening UN peacekeeping, improving a global co-ordinated response to terrorism, and promoting human rights in the international arena during the next 12 months.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Mr Jeremic on his new role and thanked the immediate past UNGA president, Mr Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, for his leadership over the past year. He also underlined that the role of the UN is crucial during this period of uncertainty, and called on the 193 members of the UN to deepen their efforts to work together.
During the 67th session, which runs through mid-September 2013, the General Assembly will consider the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference.