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NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON FOR
THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

United Nations, New York, 4 April 2011

Official visit of President Deiss to the United Kingdom

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, was in London on a one-day official visit to the United Kingdom, at the invitation of the British Government.

President Deiss met with Foreign Secretary William Hague, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development Stephen O'Brien and Minister of State for the United Nations in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Henry Bellingham.

Topics discussed with Foreign Secretary Hague included Global Governance, United Nations reform, including Security Council reform as well as the situation in Libya and Côte d'Ivoire.

With Under-Secretary of State O'Brien, President Deiss discussed Millennium Development Goals, the upcoming Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries that will take place from 9 to 13 May in Istanbul, Turkey, the 2011 General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS from 8 to 10 June 2011 in New York, the General Assembly Summit on Non-communicable Disease (NCD) in September 2011, and the humanitarian impact of the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire on Liberia.

With Minister of State Bellingham, President Deiss discussed in particular green economy and the preparations for the upcoming Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development as well as the review of the Human Rights Council and Côte d'Ivoire.

All Ministers expressed their appreciation for the activities of the President of the General Assembly. President Deiss thanked the United Kingdom for its strong commitment to the United Nations.