Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly
New York, 20 September 2010
President Deiss holds several bilateral meetings on the first day of the High-Level Meeting to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals
The President of the General Assembly was briefed by Sheikh Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain, on the country’s significant progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Sheikh Khalid welcomed the initiative of President Deiss to make global governance a central theme of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
H.E. Ms. Micheline Calmy-Rey, Member of the Swiss Federal Council and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs congratulated Mr. Deiss, her former colleague in the Swiss Government, on his election as President of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly. She wished him well and assured him that Switzerland, like other Member States, will work towards the success of the General Assembly. President Deiss expressed his gratitude and briefed Ms. Calmy-Rey on the priorities for the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.
The President of the General Assembly discussed with H.E. Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, important issues on the agenda of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly. They both agreed that it is critical to make the High Level Meeting on Millennium Development Goals a success. They also discussed United Nations reforms, including the reform of the Security Council and the revitalization of the General Assembly. The Chinese Foreign Minister stressed the important role the General Assembly, as a key organ in the United Nations system, plays in boosting development. President Deiss accepted an invitation to visit China.
H.E. Mr. Klaus Tschütscher, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein reiterated his country’s commitment to the goals of the United Nations. President Deiss briefed him on the priorities of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly. As a member of the Global Governance Group, the Prime Minister of Liechtenstein expressed his country’s support for the theme of global governance put forward by the President.
The President of the General Assembly met with H.E. Mr. Xavier Espot Miró, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Institutional Relations of the Principality of Andorra. The Andorran Minister pledged full support to the President of the General Assembly for prioritizing the topic of global governance. He emphasized that Andorra is determined to contribute fully to the work of the United Nations General Assembly.
President Deiss met with H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey. The President of the General Assembly thanked Turkey for co-chairing with Bangladesh earlier in the day Round Table number 1 of the High-Level Meeting on Millennium Development Goals on “Addressing the Challenge of poverty, hunger and gender equality”. President Deiss also congratulated Turkey for its current presidency of the United Nations Security Council. In this regard President Gül reaffirmed his country’s determination to contribute further to improving international peace and security.
President Deiss met H.E. Mr. José Manuel Durão Barroso, the President of the European Commission. He thanked him for the substantive financial and political support the European Union provides to alleviating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals throughout the world.
H.E. Mr. Amr Mohammed Moussa, Secretary-General of the Arab League, briefed the President of the General Assembly on the situation in the Middle East. He concurred with President Deiss on the importance of global governance as a central theme and pledged the Arab League’s support to the work of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly.
The President of the General Assembly also had a brief encounter with the President of France, H.E. Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy; and later in the day, with H.E. Ms. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.