President attends UN General Assembly

President John Dramani Mahama has left Ghana for the United States, to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

He is scheduled to address the Assembly on Thursday September 25, during the general debate on the theme: “Delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda.”

President Mahama, who was accompanied by the first lady-Lordina Mahama and some ministers of state and senior officials, is expected to speak in relation to the theme in the context of Ghana and to tout Ghana’s favorable standing in the world as a nation with one of the highest returns on investment.

Head of Communication and Presidential Spokesperson Mr Ben Dotsei Malor stated in an advisory issued before departure that President Mahama, as Chair of ECOWAS -and drawing on his visit earlier this week to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, is highlighting the need for a concerted international support for these nations in the fight against the Ebola virus, which has claimed lives and severely affected a number of people.

“The President continues to strengthen his advocacy that these countries should not be stigmatised, isolated and abandoned at this moment of need.”

On the margins of the assembly, President Mahama would participate in other events including the UN Climate Summit to be organised by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and aimed at galvanising climate change action.

He would also be special guest and keynote speaker at Harvard University, giving a lecture on the theme: “Economic Governance in Uncharted Waters,” and a second lecture at Brandeis University on the theme: “The Promise of Africa”.

He would also travel to Dubai to attend the African Global Business Forum on October 1. GNA

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