Over 140 World Leaders to discuss Global Issues at United Nations General Assembly

Over 140 World Leaders to discuss Global Issues at United Nations General Assembly

Over 140 world leaders would participate in 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Meeting in New York. The major issues expected to lead the discussions are the threat of violent fundamentalism, civil strife in Ukraine and the new epidemic- the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in parts of West Africa.

Nigeria is expected to ask the US to clear its stand over providing support for the Nigerian efforts at internal security. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, are unlikely to be part of this year's meeting for the second consecutive year. But surprisingly, North Korea is sending its high level delegate for the first time in 15 years.

If reports of South Korea's Joongang Daily are to be believed, Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong would be that delegate. Newcomers to the Assembly Hall speech-making event comprise Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The UNGA's main agenda seems to be the curb on extreme activities of Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). An announcement was made by the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York that a special session would be convened on Wednesday to reach an international agreement to deprive ISIS of funds, arms and fighters in Iraq and Syria. The security council session is likely to be chaired by President Barack Obama, which would be the first time for him to do so since 2009.

Concerns over Ebola outbreak, which has claimed more than 2,700 lives according to the World Health Organization (WHO), would be addressed tomorrow to raise funds and provide the much-needed help to the affected countries. During the UN climate change meeting, efforts would be made to achieve a consensus among member states to sign up a comprehensive new global climate agreement slated to be presented in Paris in 2015.

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