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By Musa Ndlangamandla - SWAZI OBSERVER-24-Sep-2009

HIS Majesty King Mswati III is tomorrow expected to take centre stage at the 64th UN general Assembly when he addresses world leaders on issues affecting Swaziland, Africa and the world.

His Majesty, who arrived in New York on Monday accompanied by Inkhosikati Make LaMbikiza, is expected to discuss ways in which the world can partner with Swaziland in addressing some of the major challenges the country faces. Issues of health, which are on government’s top priority list are expected to feature prominently in the King’s speech. The King, who yesterday attended the Summit on Climate Change, is also expected to brief the world about Swaziland’s role and needs regarding issues of the environment and the world got a taste of the King’s views when he called for more accountability of the powerful nations towards Climate Change strategies of developing countries.


His Majesty and the leaders of the world are also expected to touch on the world’s hotspots and come up with ideas on how to maintain world peace. Though Swazi Observer cannot over speculate on the King’s message, it is expected that - as he has done over the years - he will plead taiwan’s case for full involvement in the activities of the UN. Issues surrounding the Global Financial and Economic Crisis will also be top of the agenda of the UN general Assembly.


“Among the topics to be considered during the current session are nine new agenda items, one of which is agriculture development and food security. This will be included under the heading ‘ The promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the relevant solutions of the General Assembly and recent UN conferences,” reads a brief from the Secretary general’s Office.


The others are global health and foreign policy, co-operation between the UN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Observer status for the International Humanitarial Fact-Finding Commission in the General Assembly, Observer status for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria in the General Assembly, and the Observer Status for the International Conference on the Great Lakes regions of Africa in the General Assembly.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has reiterated the global call for ceasefire and non-violence, saying the world should constantly reflect on the cost and horror of war and on the duty to resolve disputes peacefully.

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