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Pres Marcos shares a glimpse of what will be his speech at UN meet

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is given departure honors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City, Sunday. He is joined by Armed Forces of the Phillipines commander Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro. (Photo by Gelaine Louise Gutierrez/PIA-NCR)

MANILA, (PIA) -- President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Sunday shared a sample of what his speech will contain at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

According to the President, his national statement will take place on Sept. 20, 2022, in New York, USA, where "the countries of the world congregate to discuss the most pressing challenges" facing humanity.

"I will be delivering our national statement on the 20th of September, in which, I will outline our expectations of the United Nations and the work ahead, the role our country will play and our contributions to strengthening the international system," he said.

"I will, one, share the Philippines’ vision in people-centered development, highlighting our administration’s thrust for economic recovery, food security, and agricultural productivity," he added.

Pres. Marcos cited the importance of the Philippines' participation in the UNGA in order to "be certain that our voice is heard."

The theme identified for the 77th UNGA is “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges” which, according to the Chief Executive, aims to "address unprecedented global trends, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, escalating conflicts that pose challenges to individual countries and the world community alike."

Pres. Marcos also affirmed the country’s commitment to the ideals of the United Nations, citing its contributions to peaceful settlement of disputes and of international law, and highlighting the importance of the UN in fostering international dialogue and cooperation.

He said that he will present a crisis facing the world as opportunities for nations to take meaningful action, rooted and united by a common purpose to promote peace, prosperity, and sustainable development.

During his visit, the President said he will meet with UN Secretary General António Guterres and leaders of long-standing and important partners of the Philippines.

"I will discuss with them opportunities for stronger cooperation in food security, agriculture, renewable energy, and climate change which are among the key priorities of this administration."

He said he will also participate in business activities in order to "forge more partnerships to advance the country's economic and sustainable development in general."

"I will be joined in these meetings by key private sector representatives who have been and will continue to be our partners in this endeavor. More vibrant PPPs (public-private partnership) will allow us to achieve the better normal that we all aspire for," he said.

Pres. Marcos will also be engaging with the Filipino community there.

"I am told our kababayans as far as from Canada will participate in this gathering," he said.

"It will be my chance to thank for their support, affirm their important role in the continuing work of nation-building and strengthen our cooperation on matters that redound to the benefit of Filipinos here at home and abroad," he added. (PIA-NCR)

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