Nigerian President And UN Chief Discuss Maternal Health, Piracy And Security Issues

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday discussed issues that has to do with Maternal health, piracy and security across West Africa.

Mr. Ban encouraged Mr. Jonathan, who is the current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to remain engaged in helping countries in the region facing security challenges, such as Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.

According to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, they also exchanged views about the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as global efforts to improve the state of maternal health.

The Secretary-General also expressed his appreciation for the support of Mr. Jonathan and his Government in the memorial ceremony held last month for UN House blast victims in Abuja that killed 23 people, including 11 UN staff members.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan had on Wednesday proposed to the General Assembly the creation of a conflict mediation commission within the office of the United Nations Secretary-General to develop strategies for the resolution of disputes across the world.

Jonathan also voiced concern over the increasing incidence of piracy and maritime crime in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea and expressed his support for the Secretary-General’s proposal to send a UN assessment mission to the region to study the situation and explore possible options for UN support and action.

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