President Robert Mugabe received a rousing welcome from members of the December 12 Movement on his arrival in New York where he will attend the 71st regular session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which kicked off at the UN headquarters on Tuesday last week.
The members gathered at the Zimbabwe UN mission offices in New York where they held banners praising Cde Mugabe for his wise leadership and stance against the bullying of perceived smaller nations by the so called superpowers.
President Mugabe has received admiration from the December 12 Movement for his stance and continous calls for Western nations to choose peace and tolerance instead of force and unilateralism in solving tensions, and demanding UN Security Council reforms to ensure equality and transparency of the world body.
On Saturday, President Mugabe addressed the just-ended Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Venezuela, where he said unrepresented and under-represented countries must push for reforms in the UN to bring it in line with contemporary geo-political realities and to make the global organisation more representative and transparent.
The issues of UN reforms and the refugee crisis are expected to come under the spotlight at the 71st session of the UN, which is this year also focusing on ensuring that the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the organisation's 193 member states last year, are put in motion.
The 17 SDGs officially came into force in January this year and member countries are expected to implement the strategies over the next 15 years.
Countries are expected to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
This year, the UNGA is being held under the theme: 'The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World.'
President Mugabe is accompanied by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe, Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Cde Walter Mzembi, Presidential Spokesperson Mr George Charamba and some senior government officials.
On arrival at the John F Kennedy International Airport, the Zimbabwean delegation was welcomed by Zimbabwe's Ambassador to the UN, Ambassador Frederick Shava and staff members from the Zimbabwe mission to the UN. zbc