Espinosa, who is meeting President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday on the invitation of the Nigerian Government to strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and the United Nations will also engage the youths and students on issues related to global challenges.
The spokesperson of United Nations Information Centre Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lagos, said Espinosa will also, discuss the priorities of the UN General Assembly as related to women and youth empowerment, raise awareness and encourage understanding of the importance of multilateralism and the UN.
According to her, other issues such as; raising further international awareness on the Lake Chad Basin and efforts of Nigeria to promote sustainable development, peace and security in the region will also be discussed.
“While in Nigeria, the President of the UN General Assembly will have bilateral meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama. “She will also engage with students and youths on the theme: Responding to Global Challenges in a Fast-Changing World: The Case for Strengthening Multilateralism”. “Espinosa will also discuss with a women audience on the theme: `The Role of Women in the Promotion of Multilateralism”. “She is scheduled to also meet with the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar,’’ Soremekun said.
Soremekun also explained that Espinosa will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja and will be received by a representative of the Nigerian Government and Mr Edward Kallon, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria.
It was gathered that this will be the second official visit of Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly to the African region since taking over the presidency.
On June 5, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly elected Espinosa, who was then Ecuadorean Foreign Minister, as President, the fourth woman to hold that position and the first since 2006.