Every year in September, the United Nations organizes a general assembly for politicians around the world to discuss important issues on a global scale for different key topics such as education, environmental concerns, trade, and globalization.
For this year, the UN general assembly marks its 72nd year with the theme, “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet.”
It is set to be held at the UN headquarters, 405 E. 42nd St. in Manhattan, New York and will last from Sept. 12 up to Sept. 25, 2017.
However, the 16th and current President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, won’t be attending the UN Assembly because he claims he needs to focus on pressing domestic matters, Malacañang stated.
Since he won’t be able to attend the annual event, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano will serve as his proxy and will lead the Philippine delegation in his stead, according to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar.
“Mr. Duterte has been limiting his trips abroad so he could focus on vital concerns, such as the conflict in Marawi,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
“The President has stated that he will minimize foreign travels for now to attend to pressing domestic concerns, such as the rehabilitation of Marawi,” Abella answered when asked about the President’s absence from the UN General Assembly.
This year, the assembly will discuss 8 topics that were grouped into three, namely (1) Education, Environmental Conventions and Social Development; (2) Trade, Gender and Human Development; and (3) Globalization and 2030 Agenda, Technology and Innovation, and Water and Sanitation.
The UN General Debate will run from Sept. 19 to 25 with two sessions per day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each speaker is generally given 15 minutes to deliver their statement for each topic that is being discussed.
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