Migiro to make official visits to Republic of Korea and Chile

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

27 October 2008 – Environmental cooperation, the impact of the global financial crisis on United Nations efforts to slash poverty and the role of women in tackling climate change will be on the agenda when Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro heads to Seoul tomorrow for an official visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Ms. Migiro will attend the World Leaders Forum, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the ROK, and deliver remarks on international cooperation for so-called “green growth,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today.

The Deputy Secretary-General will also address 100 of the country’s female leaders on climate change and the role of women worldwide in combating the phenomenon, and she is scheduled to give a lecture to Kyunghee University on the financial crisis and its implications for the UN’s development work.

Ms. Migiro is also slated to hold a series of bilateral meetings with senior Government officials, including Prime Minister Han Seung-soo.

Next Monday the Deputy Secretary-General travels to Santiago, Chile, to open the regional coordination meeting of UN agencies operating in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The focus of the discussions during the meeting will be on the impact of the financial crisis and climate change on regional development, as well as a review of progress on key inter-agency activities and an examination of future work.

Ms. Migiro is also expected to meet with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Ms. Montas said.

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