President Higgins to deliver major speech at UN headquarters next week
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins will next week travel to New York where he will deliver a major speech at the United Nations and meet other heads of state.
His visit to the UN comes at a time when it is the scene of increased tensions between the US and Russia over the war in Syria and as Ireland seeks a seat on the organisation's Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.
Mr Higgins is expected to highlight Ireland’s contribution to the UN and commitment to peace-building in the speech next Tuesday.
He will also address Ireland’s role in the negotiation and ratification process for the International Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement to address climate change.
The following day Mr Higgins will meet UN secretary general António Guterres and the president of the UN general assembly Miroslac Lajcák.
He will also have a series of bilateral meetings with other heads of state at UN headquarters.
During the week Mr Higgins will meet organisations supporting Irish immigrants in the US and he is to attend an Ireland Funds event highlighting the achievement of Irish women in business.
He will visit the Irish Arts Centre where he will attend a gala concert and is to deliver a speech at Columbia University as part of its ‘World Leaders Forum’.
Mr Higgins will round off the trip with a visit to Rockland GAA, the largest club outside Ireland.
The President will be joined on the trip by his wife Sabina and the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone who will represent the Government.