Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo will address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 21, the opening day of the session. President Obiang, who is also the current president of the African Union, will participate in several other events in New York during the week September 19-23.
As Chairperson of the African Union, President Obiang will serve as a key note speaker at a high-level reception to celebrate the achievements of the UN decade to Roll Back Malaria. Equatorial Guinea has one of Africa’s most successful programs to fight the spread of malaria and has reduced the incidence of the disease by 57% in just four years. The anti-malaria project is currently focused on the island of Bioko, where more than half the population of Equatorial Guinea lives, and has been extended to 2013 to develop local capacity and enable the campaign to reach the mainland. The project has won numerous high-profile awards for social responsibility and good citizenship, according to a report by Roll Back Malaria. The program to control malaria is part of a broader effort by the government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, to improve public health in the West African nation.
While in New York, President Obiang will also officially inaugurate the newly remodeled (and newly purchased) offices of the country’s Permanent Mission to the UN.
Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Victoriana Nchama Nsue Okono, held preparatory meetings in Equatorial Guinea with the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in the country, Leo Heileman. The government reviewed with UN representatives progress on the development goals set out in President Obiang’s Horizon 2020 Plan.
The Horizon 2020 development plan established sustainable development goals for Equatorial Guinea to be completed by the year by 2020 in the areas of that means potable water, education, health, food, security, communication, infrastructure, tourism development, and environment conservation.
The government has supported the UN and its efforts to help improve the country. Equatorial Guinea has provided technical assistance to the local United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to improve the effectiveness of its Assistance Program as well as the implementation of a host of health programs geared towards improving the health of Equatorial Guineans.