Duterte to pitch vaccine access in UNGA address

PRESIDENT Duterte is set to join in the High-Level General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week to push for universal access to Covid-19 vaccines and other international policies.

In a statement on Sunday, Malacañang confirmed Duterte’s participation—virtually—in the event to be held from September 21 to 27, 2021.

Duterte will speak before 193 representatives of UN member states at 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. on September 22, 2021.

Aside from the issue of vaccines, he is also expected to talk about climate change, human rights, including the situation of migrant workers and refugees, and international and regional security developments.

The President had raised the same issues during his first ever appearance at the 75th virtual UNGA last year.

This year, the event will be held in hybrid format of in-person and virtual attendance of delegates.

It will be presided over by the incoming president of the 76th UNGA, H.E. Abdulla Shahid of Maldives.

The theme for this year’s UNGA is “Building resilience through hope —to recover from Covid-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations.”

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