UNGA President on visit to Addis Ababa

The President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Miroslav Lajčák, is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of his African tour.

During his stay in Addis Ababa, Lajčák is expected to meet with senior officials of the Ethiopian government.

This morning, he met with officials of the African Union (AU) at the Union's Headquarters, where he was briefed on the important relationship between the UN and the African Union, and how it is stronger than ever, according to his tweet.

He also held discussion with Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Giovanie Biha, on challenges and opportunities related to aligning UN 2030 Agenda and AU 2063 Agenda.

Established in 1945, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations.

Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter.

It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law.

The Assembly is empowered to make recommendations to States on international issues within its competence.

February 28, 2018 (FBC)