PM Modi expected to address UN Sustainable Development Summit

UNITED NATIONS :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address a high-level summit on sustainable development hosted by the UN on September 25 when the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted.
The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from September 25 to 27 here and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.
Slated to be one of the largest ever gatherings at the UN, more than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit to formally adopt the outcome document of the new agenda.
Modi is expected to address the gathering on September 25 after which he will head to the West Coast to visit San Francisco, sources told.
The 70th session of the General Assembly will open on September 15.
The annual high-level General Debate will begin on September 28 and will run through October 6.
Since Modi is likely to return to India around September 28, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to represent the country at the General Debate.
According to the first provisional list of speakers for the General Debate, released by the UN, India will be represented by its “Minister” who is scheduled to address the gathering of Heads of State and Foreign Ministers in the morning of October 1.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to address the UNGA on September 30, according to the UN provisional list.
It remains to be seen if Modi and Sharif meet at the sidelines of the Sustainable Development Summit, depending on when Sharif arrives in New York.
However, since the speakers’ list released is still provisional, the country representatives and the date and time when they address the debate could change in the weeks ahead.
Modi is expected to travel to San Francisco after his address to the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, becoming the fourth Indian Premier to visit US’ West Coast.
He had given his maiden address to the UN General Assembly last year and had then travelled to Washington. (AGENCIES)


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