President Rajapaksa has left the island for New York to attend the 66th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. The President left for New York in the early hours of today. The UN General Assembly Sessions commenced on the 13th of this month at the UN Headquarters with the participation of representations of 193 countries. The Summit to be addressed by world leaders will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of this month. An experienced Qatari diplomat, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has been chosen by the world body as the President of the General Assembly. The role of mediation in the settlement of disputes, UN reform and revitalization to meet current global challenges, improving disaster prevention and response, sustainable development and global prosperity, the situation of Palestine, humanitarian assistance and gender equality are among the key themes of this year’s assembly.