UN / GA PRESIDENT-ELECT

04-Jun-2019 00:03:44
The United Nations General Assembly elected Nigerian Ambassador Tijjani Mohammad Bande to preside its upcoming session. Agenda 2030 with focus on peace and security, poverty eradication, climate action and inclusion are among the major priorities of his presidency. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 04 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

04 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd sessions of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Taking into account the provisions of Paragraph 60 of General Assembly decision 34/401, I therefore declare His Excellency Tijjani Mohammad Bande of Nigeria elected by acclamation as President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.”
4. Various shots, General Assembly Hall
5. Wide shot, Bande walking to the podium
6. SOUNDBTIE (English) Tijjani Mohammad Bande, President-elect of the 74th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly:
“The implementation of existing mandates and the 2030 Agenda, with particular focus on peace and security, poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, climate action and inclusion, will constitute a major priority of my presidency.”
7.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
8. SOUNDBTIE (English) Tijjani Mohammad Bande, President-elect of the 74th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly:
“As the United Nations has not met the expectations of its founding fathers, in terms of preventing many violent conflicts and mass atrocities, we have to assume collective responsibility to make the world a better, safer and more peaceful one. The promotion of human rights and the empowerment of women and youth deserve special attention, and I will be devoted to the promotion of gender parity throughout the whole UN system, starting from my own Office.”
9. Wide shot, General Assembly
10. SOUNDBTIE (English) Tijjani Mohammad Bande, President-elect of the 74th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly:
“The General Assembly must play its role in bridging the gaps and promoting collective action to address all international issues that deserve attention, with close coordination and collaboration with the Secretary-General, Security Council and ECOSOC.”
11. Various shots, Bande leaving the podium
12. Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“And as a Nigerian and as an African, you have invaluable insights into the continent’s challenges – such as the Sahel and Lake Chad basin – and more broadly into the challenges our world faces across the three pillars of our work, peace, sustainable development and human rights.”
14. Various shots, General Assembly Hall
15. Wide shot, Bande at the GA stakeout
16. SOUNDBTIE (English) Tijjani Mohammad Bande, President-elect of the 74th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly:
“A lot of problems cannot be solved through national efforts alone. And when you remind people of this, they are okay with the difficulties, but leaders as leaders will see the necessity to have this organization. And now, to work harder to have delegations to come back to the issues that are important and we can solve our problems collectively, together. And I think this is really the approach to continue to be patient in negotiations, and to not take our eyes off the goal, the goal is guaranteeing international peace and security, and development for all.”
17. Wide shot, Bande shaking hands at the stakeout
STORYLINE
The United Nations General Assembly elected Nigerian Ambassador Tijjani Mohammad Bande to preside its upcoming session. Agenda 2030 with focus on peace and security, poverty eradication, climate action and inclusion are among the major priorities of his presidency.

Addressing the General Assembly today (04 Jun), the newly elected President Tijjani Mohammad Bande said that the international community must continue to invest in sustaining peace and conflict prevention.

He said, “as the United Nations has not met the expectations of its founding fathers, in terms of preventing many violent conflicts and mass atrocities, we have to assume collective responsibility to make the world a better, safer and more peaceful one.”

Bande continued, “the promotion of human rights and the empowerment of women and youth deserve special attention, and I will be devoted to the promotion of gender parity throughout the whole UN system, starting from my own Office.”

Noting that next year will see the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations, Bande said that it presents a unique opportunity to reduce the trust deficit between nations as the world share the same aspirations and have no choice but work together.

He said, “the General Assembly must play its role in bridging the gaps and promoting collective action to address all international issues that deserve attention, with close coordination and collaboration with the Secretary-General, Security Council and ECOSOC.”

Congratulating on Bande’s election, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the Nigerian Ambassador can bring many important and admirable qualifications to the job from his years as Permanent Representative of Nigeria, his wide-ranging academic pursuits, and expertise in political science and public administration.

Guterres said, “and as a Nigerian and as an African, you have invaluable insights into the continent’s challenges – such as the Sahel and Lake Chad basin – and more broadly into the challenges our world faces across the three pillars of our work, peace, sustainable development and human rights.”

On multilateralism, the newly elected President Bande told reporters at a press encounter in the afternoon, “a lot of problems cannot be solved through national efforts alone. And when you remind people of this, they are okay with the difficulties, but leaders as leaders will see the necessity to have this organization. And now, to work harder to have delegations to come back to the issues that are important and we can solve our problems collectively, together.”

He added, “I think this is really the approach to continue to be patient in negotiations, and to not take our eyes off the goal, the goal is guaranteeing international peace and security, and development for all.”

Before serving as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Tijjani Mohammad Bande served as the Vice-President of the General Assembly during the 71st session and remains active in several fora, including as Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34), Member, Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre and Chair of the ECOWAS Group (2018-2019).
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