Pohamba to attend UN General Assembly for last time

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Tuesday confirmed that he will attend the 69th Regular Session of the United Nations’ General Assembly, set to take place in New York during September this year, for the last time.

“I shall be leading the Namibian delegation to the UN General Assembly Session for the last time as Head of State of the Republic of Namibia,” he told United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who is in the country on a two-day official visit.

The two leaders had official talks on Tuesday afternoon at State House.

Pohamba is expected to hand over power on 21 March 2015 to the winning candidate from presidential elections scheduled for November this year.

“As I prepare to leave Office, I do so with the conviction that the UN remains indispensable for the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as making the world a better place for all,” he said.

After their meeting, Ban officially commissioned the UN House in Namibia.

The UN House hosts 12 agencies, funds and programmes, which work in collaboration with the Namibian Government.

On Wednesday, the UN SG will visit key landmarks – including the Heroes’ Acre – for a special wreath-laying ceremony.

Ban will leave for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday afternoon to attend the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU).

He will address the Summit on Thursday, and furthermore hold bilateral meetings with Heads of State and other high-ranking officials