UN General Assembly President-elect Ambassador Peter Thomson will travel to India early next week during which he is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discuss the ambitious SDGs.
Thomson, the Permanent Representative of Fiji elected in June as President of the UNGA’s upcoming 71st session, will visit China later this week and will then travel to India.
On August 29, the President-elect will be in New Delhi where it is planned that he will meet with Modi, Swaraj and Secretary for External Relations, Sujata Mehta, a press release from the office of the President of the UN General Assembly said yesterday.
“Coming from the Asia-Pacific nation of Fiji, I am pleased to have this opportunity to visit the two biggest countries in the regional group to which I belong,” Thomson said, adding that he looks forward to the “high-level” talks he will have with the Governments of China and India.
“My main interest will be to discuss how the United Nations can assist and accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he added.
He will attend official meetings in Beijing tomorrow and is expected to meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi.
Swaraj will travel to New York later next month to attend the high-level General Debate of the 71st session of the General Assembly. She will address global leaders from the iconic lectern of the General Assembly on September 26.
Modi, who had addressed the UN General Assembly sessions in 2014 and 2015, will not be attending this year’s UNGA session.