President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President will call on the world to upgrade the United Nations

2018-09-26

Wednesday, September 26, Vilnius President Dalia Grybauskaitė has left for a working visit to New York where she will deliver a speech at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, chair a high-level discussion “Economic Growth through Women’s Empowerment”, and present a Lithuanian state decoration awarded to Senator John McCain to his widow, Cindy McCain.

The theme for the general debate this year is “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.” Taking part in the debate will be 108 heads of state and 46 heads of government.

According to the President, international institutions are expected to help protect international law, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and to cope with economic storms. However, the escalation of military aggression, global trade tensions and armed conflicts around the world make it clear that multilateral diplomacy stands in crisis today.

In her statement to the General Assembly, the President will bring the world’s attention to the need to strengthen the United Nations and other international organizations so that they can respond in real terms to emerging major challenges. Dalia Grybauskaitė will underline that member states have the duty to take on responsibility for upholding international law and for the future of the world.

The President, who chairs the Council of Women World Leaders, will hold a high-level event on economic growth through women’s empowerment. Taking part will be UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro, Prime Ministers of Norway and Bangladesh, the President of the World Bank Group, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

Women earn a world average of almost 25 percent less than men. Fixing gender inequality would lead to 28 trillion dollars in global growth in 2025.

Three years ago, the United Nations approved the Sustainable Development Goals, committing all member states to promote gender equality and empower all women and girls.  However, nine out of ten countries still have laws that restrict women’s right to work, run business and own property. The President has therefore initiated a discussion at the United Nations on how to eliminate discriminatory laws, encourage women’s leadership and entrepreneurship, and stop violence against women.

During her visit to New York, Dalia Grybauskaitė will present a Lithuanian state decoration awarded to Senator John McCain to his widow, Cindy McCain. According to the President, John McCain will always be remembered by the people of Lithuania as a true friend who supported our freedom and independence and contributed in a major way to Lithuanian security and defense.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.09.26 11:05

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