President Ferdinand “Bonbon” Marcos Jr. said on Sunday that he will speak at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on his administration’s goals for economic recovery, food security and agricultural productivity.
In his departure address before leaving for New York at 8:00 a.m., the president said he planned to issue a national statement on Sept. 20. It will outline the expectations of the Philippines from the UN and its role and contribution in strengthening. International relations.
“The United Nations is a place where nations from all over the world come together to discuss the most pressing challenges facing people. ” said Marcos.
He said he “shares the Philippines’ vision of people-centred development” by highlighting the government’s push for economic recovery, food security and agricultural productivity. Reaffirms the country’s commitment to the ideals of the United Nations by citing conflict and the contribution of international law to peaceful sentiments.
“Third, we should see the crisis facing our world as an opportunity for our nations to take collective and meaningful action rooted in our common purpose of promoting peace, prosperity and sustainable development. to present,” he added.
Marcos said he will attend several bilateral conferences, business agreements and meet with the Filipino community in the United States during the trip.
He will also meet with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and leaders of the Philippines’ “critical and long-standing partners” to discuss opportunities for stronger cooperation in food security, agriculture, renewable energy and climate change.
“I will participate in business activities to forge more partnerships and promote national, economic and sustainable development in general. Representatives from the private sector will attend,” Marcos said.
Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Kira Christianne Danganan Azucena said Thursday that Marcos will release the Philippine national statement at 3:15 p.m.
Azucena said more or less 152 heads of state and officials are expected to attend the general debate, and Marcos is expected to meet with some of them and other US officials.
She also said the visit was significant as it was Marcos’ first engagement with the United Nations, which the Philippines considers an important multilateral organization.
According to Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Jose Victor Gonzaga, Marcos’ visit to the United States is also intended to bring in investments for the country’s economic recovery.
Gonzaga said Marcos will speak at a Philippine economic briefing aimed at attracting investments in the Philippines.
“This briefing will take the opportunity to outline the major economic priorities of his administration, with a particular focus on how trade and investment ties between the Philippines and the United States can be expanded and strengthened during his term. will be.”
Marcos will also participate in roundtable discussions with targeted sectors, select US companies, the US Chamber of Commerce, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and the US-Philippines Association.
“The president intends to meet with U.S. companies that can contribute to our efforts to achieve food security, energy security, sustainable economic development, and more,” Gonzaga said.
Marcos will return to the Philippines on September 24th. —KG, GMA News