UNITED NATIONS, September 25. /TASS/. The Summit on Sustainable Development is opening at the UN headquarters on Friday within the framework of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. During three days of the forum, the UN member states will adopt the agenda of global social and economic development until 2030, and will discuss ways to implement it.
UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said previously that 154 heads of state and government, as well as 30 foreign ministers were expected to attend the summit. "Currently, 154 heads of state or government and 30 ministers are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit," Dujarric said at a briefing on September 17. "For the General Debate, 144 heads of state and government and 46 ministers are expected to attend." The unprecedented number of attendance by top national leaders and ministers for the ensuing debate on peace and development indicated the importance of multilateralism which represents the purpose and principles of the UN Charter, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a speech celebrating the 70th anniversary of the organization’s founding.
The forum’s last day when the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, the United States, France, Ukraine, the prime minister of the UK and Japan, as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will speak, is expected to be the busiest.