Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will depart for New York today to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
During the general debate tomorrow, Minnis will deliver the national statement of The Bahamas.
In his address, the prime minister will share with the assembly the impact of Hurricane Dorian on Abaco and Grand Bahama, and how the country is responding to the effects of climate change.
The prime minister will also engage other leaders on the margins of the general assembly, including a courtesy call by the Secretary General of The Commonwealth Patricia Scotland, QC, and a presentation by the president of Micronesia, H.E. Peter M. Christian.
Minnis will also meet with Bahamians living in New York.
The prime minister will be accompanied by his wife, Patricia Minnis, and senior government officials, including Senior Policy Advisor Joshua Sears and Chief Operating Officer in the Office in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit Viana Gardiner.
The prime minister and his delegation will join the Bahamian delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, which arrived in New York for the UNGA on Saturday. The delegation also includes Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells and North Eleuthera MP Ricky Mackey.
Minnis delayed his attendance to the general assembly due to the need to co-ordinate the national response to Hurricane Dorian.
The prime minister returns to The Bahamas on Saturday, September 28.
During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest will act as prime minister.