Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijani Muhammad-Bande, hosted grand reception to the permanent missions to the United Nations and diplomatic envoysof in American House Manhattan New York
Candidate Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for tne President 74th UNGA Speaks at a reception of American House in Manhattan, New York
PeaceeverTV Comprehensive report：Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, has formally declared his intention to vie for the presidency of the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA).Muhammad-Bande made the declaration at a cocktail party attended by world diplomats and delegates in New York on Friday evening.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that election of the president of the 74th UNGA will hold at the UN headquarters on June 4.
In a statement on its website, UNGA said the presidency of the 74th session was zoned to Africa in “full respect of the established principle of geographical rotation”, among other reasons.
The current president, who is the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, was elected on June 5, and assumed duty on Sept. 18, 2018.
Thus she will step aside on Sept. 17, as the UNGA presidency runs on a one-year tenure
According to the statement, an informal interactive dialogue with Muhammad-Bande is scheduled for May 13, in line with UNGA’s resolution 71/323 titled “Revitalisation of the Work of the General Assembly”.
At the session, the Nigerian permanent representative will have the opportunity to respond to questions from other stakeholders.
Addressing guests at Friday’s event, the candidate pledged to make the organisation stronger and work better for its member states and their citizens.
He said as president of the 74th Session, he would focus on the effective implementation of existing mandates, and make a contribution in all defined follow-up areas.
The candidate promised to promote international peace and security, prevent conflict, strengthen global action to tackle climate change, ensure inclusion, human rights, and the empowerment of youth and women.
He also pledged to ensure that the decisions reached and resolutions passed at the general assembly were implemented for the benefits of citizens.
Fatima Kyari Mohanmed, Permanent Ambassador of the African Union to the United Nations, delivered a speech congratulating Ambassador Mohamed Bender on his election Mohamed Edrees, Permanent Ambassador of Egypt to the United Nations, delivered a speech congratulating Ambassador Mohamed Bender on his election
After the reception, foreign envoys danced to celebrated at the American House.
Candidate Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for tne President 74th UNGA Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (first right one ) welcome the permanent ambassadors of the countries to the United Nations in American House Manhattan.
Candidate Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for tne President 74th UNGA with Permanent Ambassador of the African Union to the United Nations Fatima Kyari Mohanmed
Candidate Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for tne President 74th UNGA with Permanent Ambassador Egypt to the United Nations Mohamed Edrees
Candidate Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for tne President 74th UNGA with Permanent Ambassador to Ireland to the United Nations
Candidate Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for tne President 74th UNGA Permanent Ambassador to Slovakia to the United Nations
Candidate Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for tne President 74th UNGA with Permanent Mission of Oman to the United Nations
Muhammad-Bande, who hails from Zagga in Kebbi State, has had an outstanding career as a scholar and diplomat.
He holds M.A in Political Science from Boston University, USA, in 1981 and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1987.
Between January 2000 and February 2004, he was the Director-General of the Centre African de Formation et de Recherche Administrative pour le Development (CAFRAD) in Tangier, Morocco.
CAFRAD is Africa’s premier institution with responsibility for training and research in public administration and management.
Besides other positions both locally and internationally, he was the Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies between 2010 and 2016.
He served as the Vice-President of the General Assembly during the 71st session and remains active in several fora, including as Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34); Member, Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre, and Chair of the ECOWAS Group (2018-2019).
Muhammad-Bande has also been an assessor for the National Merit Award (Nigeria) and for professorial positions in universities.
He has won merit awards and honours from institutions and Governments, including the United States and China.
Most notably, he is a recipient of Nigeria’s Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, one of the country’s highest national awards.