UN chief heads to Davos forum and African Union summit next week

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20 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel next week to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, and then to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to participate in the summit of the African Union (AU).

Mr. Ban will engage with a number of private sector leaders at the Forum, spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.

He will also speak at the Forum’s sessions on ending energy poverty and on the Rio+20 sustainable development summit, as well as meet with a number of heads of State and government.

The Secretary-General will also meet with many heads of State and government attending the AU summit.

In addition, Mr. Ban will officially receive the report of his High-level Panel on Global Sustainability from its two co-chairs – President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Tarja Halonen of Finland – at a launch event in Addis Ababa on 30 January.

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