The Prime Minister, the Honourable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva is leading Tonga’s delegation to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) which is being held in New York, United States of America. The Prime Minister and his delegation departed Tonga on Monday 19th September.
UNGA 71 opened on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 with the annual General Debate taking place on 20-30 September, under the theme, “The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform Our World.” The theme was chosen by the president of UNGA 71, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Peter Thomson. The Prime Minister will deliver Tonga’s statement on 24th September.
During the General Debate, a number of other important events will take place such as high-level meetings on the right to development, renewable energy, the Fifteenth Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM), and the Annual Meeting of Pacific Island Forum Leaders and the United Nations Secretary-General. Bilateral meetings with other countries and international organisations will also take place, as well as receptions hosted by the President of the United States and First Lady Obama, the European Union, New Zealand Foreign Minister, and the Prime Minister of Kuwait.
The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Hon. Dr Saia Piukala, Minister of Health, the Hon. Semisi Sika, Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Tonga’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Member of Parliament, Lord Fusitu‘a and other senior officials.
Tonga’s delegation is due to depart New York on Monday 25th September.