Kenya set to participate in the 75th session of UNGA virtually

first_imgThe 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will commence on 15th September 2020 with most sessions set to be held virtually for the first time.In a statement, the United Nations General Assembly states, “The conduct and format of the 75th Session of UNGA particularly the High-Level segments will be unique and unprecedented. For the first time in the 75-year history of UNGA most of the sessions will be held virtually as the UN takes precautionary measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 disease. The High-Level meetings have been scheduled as follows.”The High Level General Debate will start on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, while  the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations under the theme ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’  will take place on 21 st September 2020.Also Read  Let’s work together for the unity and progress of our country, Uhuru The rest of the schedule for United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is highlighted as follows;Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 22-29 September 2020; General Debate of the UNGA75 Session: Heads of State and Government are expected to deliver voluntary 15minutes pre-recorded statement that will be webcast from the General Assembly in New York. The General Debate will focus on multilateral actions in the context of COVID-19 within the context of the theme of the 75th Session of UNGA.30 September 2020; Biodiversity Summit. The summit, at the level of Heads of State and Government will highlight the need for urgent action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework under the theme: “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development.Other High-Level events are the 25th Anniversary of the 4TH World Conference on Women (1st October, 2002) and meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (2nd October, 2020). There will also be other side events that will take place virtually this including the SDG Segment and the UN 75th Youth Plenary.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayKenya will be physically represented in the General Assembly by the Mission in New York, but in keeping with its tradition, “Kenya will actively participate in the 75th Session of UNGA. His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to deliver Kenya’s statement during the General Debate, as well as at other high-level events.”Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe Ministry further pointed out that, “The theme of this year’s UNGA resonates with Kenya’s multilateralism record. It also further recognizes that the Corona virus pandemic has exposed global vulnerability and that multilateralism is the most viable response vehicle. Other issues that Kenya will speak to during the 75th UNGA session are: peace and security; climate change; women and youth empowerment; debt burden for developing and less developed countries; and sustainable development among other issues.”last_img read more

Adidas Unveils New Match Ball with Chip for Knockout Stage

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe in St PetersburgAs the group stage matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup here in Russia are about to be rounded up tomorrow in the various cities, Adidas Football yesterday unveiled the Official Match Ball for the knockout stage.According to the sportswear manufacturing giant, the Telstar Mechta ball comes with a new vivid red design inspired by the colours of the host nation, as well as the rising heat of the knockout-stage. The name Mechta translates as ‘dream’ or ‘ambition’ in Russian and is constructed with the same design elements as the Telstar 18, the ball used throughout the group stage, but adapted to reflect the added intensity and opportunity the knockout stage brings.The ball has a brand-new carcass that retains the best of the Brazuca, the Official Match Ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while building in new technology to maximise performance.“It went through extensive testing to ensure it suits the needs of the best players in the world. Some of the leading national and club sides have been involved in the testing process,” observed adidas in a statement yesterday.A progression from Official Match Balls of the past, a brand-new panel design features a metallic print execution and texture graphic effect, engineered to provide performance and durability both in the stadium and on the street. Sustainability has been a key focus of the Telstar 18 and Telstar Mechta, with elements including re-cycled backing material and packaging.The Telstar 18 and Telstar Mechta feature an embedded NFC chip – the first time it is ever been used in an Official Match Ball – making it the most innovative FIFA World Cup ball to date. The chip enables consumers to interact with the ball using a smartphone.Upon interaction, each ball generates a unique identifier, unlocking exclusive content and information for the user.The personalised and location-aware experience displays specific details of each ball and provides access to challenges, which users can enter in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup.Dean Lokes, Vice-president, Product from adidas, said: “The Telstar 18 was a huge step forward technically when it came to Official Match Balls. With the Telstar Mechta we have taken that same innovative design and re-imagined it, creating a ball that perfectly suits the pressures and opportunities of the FIFA World Cup knock-out stage.Director Marketing Services at FIFA, Jean-Francois Pathy, also commented on the launch: “adidas and FIFA have enjoyed a long history of successful Official Match Balls over the past FIFA World Cup tournaments. This year, adidas delivers yet another beautifully designed ball, the Telstar Mechta, putting innovation and performance at the core of the game.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

What Message has Amel Tuka sent after the Triumph?

first_imgThe best athlete in BiH, Amel Tuka, defended the title of the best in the 800m discipline at the 22nd International Athletic Rally in Velenje, Slovenia.Tuka, who set up the record in 800 meters last year, did not make another record this time but confirmed the standard for the London World Championships.“First place in Velenje with great 1: 45.34! The standard for the World Cup in London this year and currently the second highest score in Europe at 800 meters! Let’s go on for even better results,” said Tuka.(Source: faktor)last_img