New York City, September 21, 2023 – President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria took the stage today at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to address an assembly of world leaders, marking his first appearance at the UNGA as the President of Nigeria. In his inaugural speech, President Tinubu delivered a compelling message outlining Nigeria’s vision for global cooperation and addressing key global challenges.
President Tinubu began his address by expressing gratitude for the opportunity to represent Nigeria on the international stage and highlighted the importance of multilateralism in addressing pressing global issues. He emphasized the need for collaboration among nations to tackle shared challenges, ranging from climate change and pandemics to poverty eradication and conflict resolution.
Climate change emerged as a prominent theme in President Tinubu’s speech. He underscored Nigeria’s commitment to addressing climate change and its devastating effects, emphasizing the urgency of collective action. President Tinubu announced Nigeria’s intention to accelerate its transition to clean energy sources and pledged to work with international partners to combat climate change.
The President also touched on the significance of peace and security in the world. He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to regional stability and the fight against terrorism while calling for strengthened international efforts to prevent conflicts and promote peaceful resolution.
Economic development and poverty reduction were another focal point of President Tinubu’s address. He outlined Nigeria’s efforts to boost its economy, create jobs, and improve the standard of living for its citizens. President Tinubu welcomed foreign investments and partnerships aimed at supporting Nigeria’s development agenda.
In closing, President Tinubu emphasized Nigeria’s role as a responsible global citizen and its commitment to upholding the principles of the United Nations. He called on the international community to work together to build a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world for all.
President Tinubu’s inaugural address at the United Nations General Assembly drew attention to Nigeria’s evolving role on the global stage and its determination to contribute positively to international affairs. His speech resonated with world leaders, setting the tone for future collaborations and discussions during this year’s UNGA session.