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PM Arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

Tuesday 25th September, 2018-Prime Minister Gaston Browne has arrived in New York along with hundreds of other Heads of Government, who are attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Mr. Browne has a packed schedule commencing on Wednesday, when he will speak at the first-ever high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, under the theme “United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic.  According to Prime Minister Browne, the meeting will seek to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reaching all affected people with prevention and care.

Health and Environment Minister, the Hon. Molwyn Joseph who is part of the Antiguan delegation will co-chair one of the sessions which will deal with scaling up sufficient and sustainable national and international financing and implementation for service delivery, innovation and research and development to identify new diagnostics, drugs, vaccines and other prevention strategies.

While in New York, the country’s leader will also participate in a number of High Level meetings to include a CARICOM meeting on Non Communicable Diseases, a Bloomberg Public Health meeting, and participate in a Global Citizen event.

Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade Minister, the Hon. E. P. Chet Greene, who is also part of the Antigua and Barbuda delegation, also has a packed schedule at the United Nations.  The Foreign Minister will hold bilateral meetings with representatives of Azerbaijan, Serbia, UAE and Ethiopia.

Minister Greene will also attend the CARICOM – Japan Foreign Ministers meeting, a meeting with the Deputy Secretary of State of the USA and Foreign Ministers, a G77 and Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meetings.

In addition, Minister Greene will sign bilateral agreements with the representatives of the Governments of Serbia, the Principality of Liechtenstein and Romania.

Other members of the Antigua and Barbuda delegation in New York include Senior Ambassador Sir Ramez Hadeed and Ambassador Gilbert Boustany.

Prime Minister Browne will deliver his country’s statement to the UN General Assembly on Friday at approximately 5 p.m.

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