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THE United Nations (UN) has urged Zambia to take advantage of its secretary general’s visit to showcase the country’s achievements and potential. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, arrives in the country today for a three-day State visit during which he will address a special session of the National Assembly. Mr Ban is also expected to meet President Michael Sata and other Government officials. UN resident coordinator, Kanni Wignaraja, said Zambians should take pride in the visit and use the opportunity to showcase their achievements. Mr Ban is expected to arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 14:30 hours for his first visit to Africa in his second term of office. He will be accompanied by his wife Ban Soon Taek. Mr Ban will meet First Republican president, Kenneth Kaunda and Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Patrick Matibini. Ms Wignaraja said in Lusaka yesterday that this would be the first State visit to Zambia of a UN secretary general. “Zambia is taking meaningful steps towards improving the lives of its people, including maintaining high economic growth, holding peaceful elections and making significant progress in achieving some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “This visit is an opportunity for Zambia to take pride in these achievements and showcase them at a global level. These high level dialogues will also focus on the country’s efforts at accelerating efforts at poverty reduction, addressing gender inequalities and Zambia’s response to climate change,” she said. According to a media release from the UN Communications Group in Zambia, the UN chief will meet President Sata and other senior Government officials. “He will also visit a UN supported initiative that uses life skills and sports to reach and inspire vulnerable children, including children who live and work on the street. “Together with Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the secretary general will visit the Olympic Youth Development Centre, a pilot project of the IOC committee within its ‘Sport for Hope ‘ programme,” the statement said. Mr Ban will also dialogue with human rights clubs hosted in Livingstone and take part in a ‘Tourism for Development’ event before visiting the Victoria Falls Park. Powered By WizardRSS.com | Full Text RSS Feed | Amazon Script | Android Forums | WordPress Tutorials

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