President Yoweri Museveni is due to deliver a key-note address to the United Nations High Level thematic debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations in the maintenance of peace and security, human rights and development in their respective areas.
The President who arrived in New York on a five day working visit to the United Nations at the invitation of both the President of the UN General Assembly Hon. Sam Kutesa and the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban ki Moon will have his address transmitted live this afternoon, courtesy of the United Nations.
The debate will focus on what concrete measures can be taken to build and strengthen strategic partnerships between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations and what needs to be done to strengthen mechanisms to promote common understanding and effective coordination across a range of issues including conflict prevention and mediation.
The debate also seeks to exploit ways of how regional and sub-regional organizations can secure human, logistical and financial funding in a predictable and sustainable manner and how to galvanize international support towards building the capacities of regional and sub-regional organizations in conflict prevention and resolution, peacemaking, peace building and development.
The President was received on arrival at JFK International Airport, New York, by the UN General Assembly President Hon. Sam Kutesa, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hon. Okello Oryem, Uganda’s Head of Mission and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hon. Richard Nduhura, his deputy Mr. Kintu Nyago Military Attache Brig. Silver Kayemba and senior UN Protocol officers. Also to receive him at the airport was Uganda’s Ambassodor to the United States Olive Wonekha.
While in New York, President Museveni is expected to hold official talks with both the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary General in their respective Chambers at the UN Headquarters. On the sidelines, the President will meet a number of American investors and prospective investors in the Ugandan economy at his residency.