New York — The president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh Sunday evening jetted down at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, USA ahead of the commencement of the 2013 68th General Assembly Session of the United Nations (UN); a summit already billed as a "crucial" one for world leaders.
The Gambian leader was accompanied to New York by the First Lady of the Republic, Her Excellency Zineb Yahya Jammeh and other high-ranking officials of his government. They were received on arrival at the Ritz Carlton Hotel by US-based APRC militants under the leadership of one Ebrima Drammeh. President Jammeh is expected to participate in the general debate of the Assembly starting on Tuesday and a number of other sideline events as part of the 68th Session. They will deal with a host of cross-cutting issues affecting the world under the theme "Setting the Stage for the post-2015 agenda". The leaders will focus on how to accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals as the 2015 deadline approaches.
"Business, civil society and the philanthropic community will come together to showcase MDG successes. We will intensify our efforts to define a post-2015 development agenda, including a single set of goals for sustainable development that we hope will address the complex challenges of this new era and capture the imagination of the people of the world, as the MDGs did," UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon said in his earlier statement in the run up to the sessions.
Whilst in America, the Gambian leader is also expected to address the opening session of the United Nations High Level meeting on the Sahel, attend and participate in a number of other significant programmes including "Rollback Malaria Reception," the "2013 South-South Awards Ceremony," "Investing in Africa Dinner" and welcoming reception for heads of states amongst others.
The general debate of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly will take place from Tuesday September 24 to October 4th, 2013. It is the largest and most diverse gathering in the diplomatic calendar, bringing together leaders and senior ministers from all 193 member countries of the United Nations.