Ireland’s Taoiseach travels to New York to deliver statement on climate

Ireland, which began a two-year term on the Council in January, will hold the rotating position for the month of September. [EPA-EFE/ JOHANNA GERON]

Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin has landed in New York, as the country currently holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of September. Martin is set to chair a high-level discussion on climate and security in the Council and will address the UN General Assembly – gathered in New York for its 76th session – on Friday to deliver Ireland’s National Statement.

The UN General Assembly’s session will see representatives of UN member states gather, virtually and in person, for the annual high-level general debate, opening Tuesday.

On Monday, Martin met with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, and throughout the week is set to participate in a number of events and bilateral meetings with EU and world leaders covering a range of topics including COVID-19, global vaccine supply, Brexit and the transatlantic relationship, amongst others.

Ireland, which began a two-year term on the Council in January, will hold the rotating position for the month of September.

The trip is Martin’s first to the US since becoming Taoiseach last year. He will be joined on the visit by Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.

(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.com)

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