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General News of Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Source: GNA

President Mahama to address UN high level meeting on the rule of law

President John Dramani Mahama has joined other world leaders at the United Nations High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law in New York.

The meeting brings together Member States, non-governmental organisations and civil society represented at the highest level, to discuss and agree a forward looking agenda on strengthening the rule of law.

President Mahama would on behalf of Ghana, pledge the country’s commitment to the rule of law and share with member states specific actions taken and others being implemented in that direction.

He is also expected to touch on how the UN and member states can contribute to strengthening the rule of law at the national and international levels.

A statement from the Ministry of Information said the meeting would adopt a programme of action for the rule of law, agree to a process to develop clear rule of law goals and adopt other key mechanisms to enhance dialogue on the rule of law.

"The high level meeting is one of the key activities taking place ahead of the opening session of the UN General Debates on Tuesday. On Sunday, President Mahama participated in the opening plenary session of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, also in New York."

The meeting which was on the theme, "Designing for impact", discussed how to create more opportunity and more equality by "designing our lives, our environments, and the global systems we employ in order to impact the challenges confronting the world".

With contributions from President Bill Clinton, former US President, Michael T. Duke, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ban Ki-Moon of the United Nations and Jim Yong Kim- President of the World Bank Group, participants were taken through a series of practical steps to utilize the abundance of global capacity to invent better tools, build more effective interventions and work creatively and collaboratively to design a future worth pursuing.

President Mahama said Ghana identified with many of the interventions talked about “especially, the use of alternative sources of energy including solar and LED bulbs, and the impact that they will have on communities, and also the adoption of simple, cheaper yet efficient technologies to help curb infant mortality.”

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