Statement Delivered by

His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Seirra Leone

At the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nation General Assembly

Wednesday 22nd September, 2021

New York

 

Mr. President,

Mr. Secretary-General,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I congratulate you, Mr. President, on assuming the responsibility of steering the work of the 76th Session of the General Assembly. I assure you of Sierra Leone’s fullest support during your tenure.

I also commend your predecessor, His Excellency, Mr. Volkan Bozkir of the Republic of Turkey, for the effective and efficient conduct of the 75th session of the General Assembly. We deeply appreciate his effort in galvanizing a multilateral approach to containing the COVID-19 pandemic and handling its multi-faceted impacts through several high-level meetings.

I also congratulate the Secretary-General, Mr, Antonio Guterres, on his re-appointment. I assure him Sierra Leone’s continued support as he leads and coordinates the United Nations’ response to persistent global challenges. Sierra Leone associates with his call, among other equally important matters, for prioritising and inequality; the impact of climate change; and, promoting gender equality, human rights protection and promotion.

Mr. President,

Our Collective aspiration for a safe, equitable and prosperous future has been challenged over the last two years. As the world wrestles with the tragedy, trauma, and adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemics, Sierra Leone appreciates all COVID-19-specific resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council. Sierra Leone is also fully supportive of all policy initiatives that advance multilateral cooperation on fighting the pandemics and implementing measure to mitigate its long-term effect on lives and livelihoods.                  …..Read More