PM joins world leaders as 70th session of General Assembly begins

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif joined a galaxy of world leaders and policy makers at the United Nations headquarters as the 70th session of the General Assembly began to discuss a full spectrum of international affairs and chart out a future course of development.

The prime minister, who is leading the Pakistani delegation at the world body will address the gathering on September 30 and share his vision and Pakistan’s foreign policy, its stance and priorities on key international and regional issues.

Over 150 world leaders, including the President Barack Obama of United States, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and President Franáois Hollande of France will be addressing the session on the Monday.

Unprecedented security has been thrown around the tall blue glass building on the banks of East River as police forces from across many a States brought into to provide a safe passage for the world leaders.

Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations described the 70th session as historic as a number of summits dealing with issues like climate change, gender equality, south-south cooperation, global development goals, UN peacekeeping are being held on the sidelines.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already addressed a High-Level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation, and the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. He also addressed the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The prime minister will also be co-host with President Barak Obama of the United States and other world leaders, a Summit on UN Peacekeeping later in the day.


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