Interim PM Kakar and other leaders are reaching at NewYork to attend 78th UNGA session

Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar left for a five-day visit to the United States on Sunday.The premier is to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, where he will present Pakistan’s perspective on key regional and international issues, according to a statement issued by his office. Heads of oter states and foreign Ministers are also reaching at New York to attend UNGA session. Moreover, Kakar is to participate in a conference on climate change besides meeting with representatives of international media and visiting some think tanks in America.

World leaders meet at the United Nations next week in the shadow of geopolitical tensions - largely fueled by the war in Ukraine - as Russia and China vie with the United States and Europe to win over developing countries.

Russia's war in Ukraine, well into its second year, will again be a focus of the annual gathering in New York, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attending in person for the first time since the conflict started.Also high on the agenda this year will be concerns of the Global South, in part a reflection of the increased attention put on the developing world by Western nations eager to secure its support for the effort to isolate Russia.

Several top-level meetings happening during the General Assembly focus on priorities of developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia: climate, health, financing for development, and how to get the Sustainable Development Goals - a global "to do" list created in 2015 - on track.

The Foreign Office (FO) had earlier confirmed that the caretaker PM would be addressing the 78th UNGA. He is to be accompanied by Interim Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani. 

The premier is to outline Pakistan's perspective on a range of regional and global issues of concern, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, according to the FO.

FO spokesperson said that Kakar will elaborate on measures being taken by the caretaker government to consolidate Pakistan's economic recovery and efforts to mobilise domestic and external investment.

He will be participating in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit besides meeting with premiers of different countries, heads of foreign organisations and corporate leaders.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, has arrived in New York City to attend the 78th session of the UN General Assembly on behalf of King Salman, the Saudi Press Agency said early Sunday.

The foreign minister and his delegation flew to New York from Havana, Cuba, where he attended the G77+China Summit on Sept. 16.

The 78th UNGA will take place Sept. 18-26, 2023, amid worries about climate change, worsening poverty and food insecurity, war, inflation, humanitarian needs escalating in scale and cost, and deepening inequality.

Prince Faisal will participate in several official meetings to discuss ways to address the issues raised. He will also participate in a number of ministerial meetings that will be held involving the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League, according to SPA.

On the sidelines of the assembly, he will also hold bilateral meetings with representatives of various countries and with officials of international organizations participating in the work of the UNGA at its 78th session.

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