NAIA Terminal II, Pasay City                   
18 September 2022

“The UN is where the countries of the world congregate to discuss the most pressing challenges facing our people. Thus, it is important for us to participate in the General Assembly and to make certain that our voice is heard,” said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as he delivered his departure statement before flying off to New York to participate in the High-Level Week of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

This will mark his first engagement with the United Nations which the Philippines recognizes as the world’s most important multilateral organization. The theme for this year’s General Debate is “A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges”.

“I will be delivering our national statement on the 20th of September, in which I will outline our expectations of the United Nations and the work ahead, the role our country will play, and our contributions to strengthening the international system,” the President stated, citing that he will share the Philippines’ vision in people-centered development, reaffirm the country’s commitment to the ideals of the UN, and present the crises facing our world as opportunities.

President Marcos Jr. will join more than 150 heads of state and government participating in this year’s High-Level General Debate, the first one to be held completely in person since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020.

Apart from addressing the UNGA, the Chief Executive will deliver key messages in several economic briefings during his Working Visit to New York, USA that aims to expand and strengthen Philippine-US trade and investment relations, as well as attract potential US investors and partners.

“I will be visiting with the Filipino community there. I am told that our kababayans as far as from Canada will participate in this gathering. It will be my chance to thank them for their support, affirm their important role in the continuing work of nation-building, and strengthen our cooperation on matters that redound to the benefit of Filipinos here at home and abroad,” President Marcos Jr. ended in his statement.