Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly
New York, 19 September 2010
President Deiss meets with Heads of several United Nations institutions
The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, today met separately with the heads of several United Nations institutions.
The President of the General Assembly met with the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, who is also chairman of UN-Energy, a system-wide coordination body comprising 20 agencies. Dr. Yumkella briefed President Deiss on energy-related issues, as well as UNIDO’s aspiration to reduce poverty through sustainable industrial development. President Deiss and UNIDO Director-General underlined the need to improve both energy access and energy efficiency. In this regard, Dr. Yumkella informed the President of his intention to seek a close cooperation with the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.
The President of the General Assembly also met with Mr. Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). President Deiss was briefed by the Executive Director on the work of UNODC which is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. They discussed, among other programmes, the importance of the United Nations Global Plan of Action against trafficking in persons which was adopted by the General Assembly on 30 July 2010.
The President of the General Assembly met with Mr. Joan Clos, who was recently elected by the General Assembly as the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to a four-year term of office, beginning on 18 October 2010. Underlining the important objective to reduce poverty, President Deiss and Mr. Clos discussed the need to further promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.
The President of the General Assembly also met with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova. President Deiss was briefed on UNESCO’s overarching objectives, which include attaining quality of education for all and lifelong learning and mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development. She also highlighted and briefed the President on the two major crosscutting global priorities of Africa and Gender equality in UNESCO’s work.