President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon delivered a key-note address to the United Nations High Level thematic debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations in the maintenance of peace and security, human rights and development in their respective areas.
The President who arrived in New York on a five day working visit to the United Nations at the invitation of both the President of the UN General Assembly Hon. Sam Kutesa and the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon expected to have his address transmitted live this afternoon by United Nations.
The meeting sought concrete measures to be taken to build and strengthen strategic partnerships between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations and what needs to be done to strengthen mechanisms to promote common understanding and effective coordination across a range of issues including conflict prevention and mediation.
The debate also sought to exploit ways of how regional and sub-regional organizations can secure human, logistical and financial funding in a predictable and sustainable manner and how to galvanize international support towards building the capacities of regional and sub-regional organizations in conflict prevention and resolution, peacemaking, peace building and development.
UN secretariat fails to broadcast Museveni’s speech live
The UN Secretariat, however, failed to avail to the world the live broadcast of President Museveni’s speech citing connection challenges.
“This is to advise that unfortunately, over the past hour or so the UN internet connection was completely down in the entire Secretariat building, resulting in losing for at least 20 minutes the connection to the Live Webcast not only in the UNHQ in New York but outside as well. This also affected the UN email system and search engines and capacity for staff members,” said Jean-Victor Nkolo, the Spokesperson for the President of the 69th Session of the General Assembly United Nations.
Nkolo said they had alerted their colleagues but to no avail.
“This situation was outside of our control. OICT, the entity tasked with Information and Communications Technology, is working on the issue.”
“We will definitively provide links and DVDs with video footage of President Museveni’s statement and all other proceedings,” Nkolo stated.
Some Ugandans are already asking why the connection problem “chose” to arise only when their President was speaking.
President Museveni was last evening received on arrival at JFK International Airport, New York, by the UN General Assembly President Hon. Sam Kutesa, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hon. Okello Oryem, Uganda’s Head of Mission and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hon. Richard Nduhura, his deputy Mr. Kintu Nyago Military Attache Brig. Silver Kayemba and senior UN Protocol officers.
Also to receive him at the airport was Uganda’s Ambassodor to the United States Olive Wonekha.
While in New York, President Museveni is expected to hold official talks with both the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary General in their respective Chambers at the UN Headquarters.
On the sidelines, the President will meet a number of American investors and prospective investors in the Ugandan economy at his residency.