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On our September 24, 2014 Program:
United Nations General Assembly
All eyes are on New York this week, as world leaders convene for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. A number of key issues concerning the continent are likely to be discussed, including the Ebola crisis in West Africa that has already claimed some 2,400 lives. Another thorny issue relates to Sam Kutesa, who will begin his stint as president of the U.N. General Assembly. The June election of Kutesa to helm of the General Assembly drew controversy, in part, because rights activists said he supported life sentences for people who are convicted of engaging in gay sex. The former Ugandan foreign minister said his priority as the UNGA President will be to ensure agreement on new U.N. goals to fight poverty and preserve the environment as part of the Millennium Development Goals.
Join us for this 60-minute television and radio call-in simulcast, when Shaka Ssali hosts a special UNGA edition of Straight Talk Africa live from VOA's New York studio.
United Nations Correspondent
via remote: United Nations
New York Studio Guests:
James O.C. Jonah
former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs
& Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
African Union Deputy Chairperson
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What steps should the United Nations take to become more effective as an institution to help Africa solve its problems?
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