Kutesa Prepares to Take Over UN Presidency

page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This week, cheapest Kutesa attended a High Level meeting on 9th April, 2014 on the “role of partnerships in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

In his address, he emphasized the importance and role partnerships, such as with the private sector, in developing physical infrastructure as a way of speeding up realisation of MDGs and paving way for the new development agenda.

Having been endorsed by the African Union as its candidate for the Presidency of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister, while in New York, had a series of meetings with Senior United Nations Officials, regional groupings and Member States on the priorities during the upcoming session.

The elections are scheduled to take place on June 17, 2014 in New York.

This position is voted for by representatives in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on a yearly basis. The President presides over the sessions of the General Assembly.

Kutesa recently elaborated that such a position would “enhance the country’s Foreign Policy strategic objectives and visibility.”

He added: “This will be Africa’s turn to provide a President, and Uganda is competing with Cameroon. I have been nominated to fill the position if our bid succeeds.”

“No doubt, membership to and aspirations in the above, place Uganda in the main stream programmes of the Union and enhances the country’s Foreign Policy Strategic objectives and visibility.”

The Minister emphasized there is also no doubt this places additional responsibilities to the country, in terms of financial resources.

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Observers say scooping such a position would bolster Uganda’s foreign policy at a time it’s at its weakest point.

Kutesa said membership to several international bodies provides Uganda with an opportunity to play a constructive role in conflict prevention, management and resolution, especially regarding conflicts in our region.


In his consultations, the Minister underscored the need for the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be transformative, inclusive and address poverty eradication in all its forms, and also address climate change.

The Minister pledged his readiness to positively engage with the wider United Nations Membership on these and other priorities.

The United Nations Secretary-General welcomed his efforts to hold consultations in New York and reiterated his readiness to support the Presidency especially in his task in making a difference in people’s lives by pushing a transformative agenda.

Hon. Kutesa also held consultative meetings with H.E John W. Ashe, President of the on-going 68th Session; H.E Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General; regional groups, including the African Group; Asia and Pacific Group; Eastern European Group; Group and Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC); and Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG).

He held more meetings with Chairpersons of the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Officials at the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Kutesa will continue to consult other major stakeholders and groups in due course.

“They all appreciated his initiative to consult with them prior to the elections, and pledged readiness to cooperate and support him,” reads part of a statement issued by Foreign Affairs Ministry ion Friday.

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