The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, travels to New York today, where he will meet with UN Secretary-General António Guterres before the 73rd session of the General Assembly of this organization.
The meeting is scheduled for today afternoon at dawn on Monday in Lisbon, in the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the eve of the annual general debate of this organization, in which Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will speak for the second time , on Wednesday.
According to the program released by the Presidency of the Republic, on Monday the head of state participates in and participates in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, in honor of the former South African President, born one hundred years ago, at United Nations Headquarters, where he be adopted.
On Monday afternoon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has scheduled bilateral meetings with the presidents of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the Palau Islands, Tommy Remengesau.
The general debate of this 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly begins on Tuesday morning with interventions by Brazil’s Heads of State Michel Temer of the United States of America, Donald Trump of France, Emmanuel Macron, of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, and of Iran, Hassan Rohani, among others.
On this day, the President of the Republic also participates in a high-level event on peacekeeping action and at a meeting of heads of delegation of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).
In addition, bilateral meetings with its counterparts from Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, and Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, are scheduled.
On Wednesday, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will speak at the general debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, a body made up of representatives of all 193 member states of this organization, on the same day that heads of state Cape Verde, Ukraine, Kenya and Poland, among others.
He will hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and will attend the “One Planet” climate summit, hosted by UN Secretary-General and French President Emmanuel Macron.
This year’s general debate of the United Nations General Assembly has as its theme “Making the UN relevant for all: Global leadership and shared responsibility for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.”
In September 2016, the President of the Republic participated in the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, focused on the candidacy of António Guterres as secretary general of this organization – a position for which the former Portuguese prime minister would be chosen less than a month then starting duties on January 1, 2017.
Two years ago, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa debuted at the annual general debate between heads of state and government of the 193 UN member states with a speech in which he argued that the new secretary-general should be “a collector of spirits and wills “in the line of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
Last year, it was the prime minister, António Costa, who represented the Portuguese state at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.