REF: MO – 09/19 – 01
For Immediate Release
20th September, 2019
Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr leaves today for New York to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) where world leaders will gather to discuss and work together on the most pressing global issues – from gender inequality to climate change – and progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr has been invited to speak at a number of high level events throughout the week.
On Sunday, 22nd September, Mayor Aki-Sawyer will be at WHO’s Walk the Talk – The Health for All Challenge, where she will make brief remarks about the role of city leaders in the overall health and wellbeing of citizens, and in building and sustaining healthy living environments. She will speak during the opening ceremony of the event, alongside WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Mayor Aki-Sawyerr will also take part in a panel discussion at UN Habitat’s Sustainable Cities as Hubs of Climate Change and Innovation event. Her contributions to the discussion will be centered on combating climate change with urban innovation in technology, partnerships and business models at local level. She will also participate during the SDG Summit: A Leaders Dialogue on Localizing of the SDGs and attend the African Heritage Reception hosted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mayor Aki-Sawyerr, who is accompanied by Festus Kallay, Chief Administrator of the Freetown City Council, will depart for Freetown on Sunday, 29th September.