BOB AND GRACE NOW IN NEW YORK

President Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrived in New York in the United States yesterday morning for the 70th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.


The Zimbabwean leader was received at JFK International Airport by the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Frederick Shava and embassy officials.
In the President’s delegation are Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and his Health and Child Care counterpart Dr David Parirenyatwa.
Gleaning the draft programme indicates some very busy days ahead for the Zimbabwe delegation. September 25 and 26 will likely be dominated by a Special Summit to Adopt the post-2015 Development Agenda, which is the successor to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
September 27 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark women’s development agreement that has shaped the gender debate for the last two decades.
On September 28, the UN General Assembly debate proper opens, while there will also be a ministerial meeting of Russia and sadc’s foreign ministers on how best to strengthen ties between the two sides.
That same day will see a high-level meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries on the Vienna Programme of Action.
There will be, on September 29, meetings on the situation in South Sudan and the DRC; as well as a high-level meeting on Youth Empowerment and the UN Demographic Dividend.
In addition to this, the draft programme reserves that day for the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Co-ordination Committee of the Africa-Arab Partnership.

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