Kakar to join world leaders addressing poverty, inflation concerns at UNGA

ISLAMABAD (HRNW) – Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq will join nearly 150 world leaders in next week’s UN General Assembly to deliberate about key international peace and security issues as well as Global South’s concerns over growing poverty, inflation and debt burden.

With the high-level segment of the 193-member Assembly’s 78th session beginning September 19, hundreds of New York Police Department (NYPD) personnel on Sunday began erecting roadblocks and check points around the UN Headquarters in Manhattan to turn the area into a high security zone to protect the visiting world leaders.

PM Kakar is scheduled to arrive in New York Monday as the head of the Pakistan delegation to the UNGA. He will address the Assembly on Sept 22, the first Pakistani caretaker premier to do so.

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In his address, the prime minister will outline Pakistan’s perspective on a range of regional and general issues of concern, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He will also elaborate on the significant measures taken by his caretaker administration to consolidate the country’s economic recovery and efforts to mobilise domestic and external investment.

In addition, the interim prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with counterparts from various countries as well as with the heads of international organisations, philanthropic organisations and corporate leaders. He also has a number of media engagements.

US President Joe Biden, as leader of the host country, will be the second speaker on Tuesday, the opening day of the annual gathering of world leaders who take the pulse of the planet and tackle global challenge.

The list of speakers indicates the presence of 145 heads of state and government, six vice-presidents, 4 deputy prime ministers and 38 ministers or chiefs of delegations — a total of 196.

This year’s theme is “Restoring Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity”, but the credibility of the UN is currently being undermined by geopolitical conflicts, divisions and paralysis at the Security Council, as economic, humanitarian and climate-related crises continue.