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United Nations, New York, 4 July 2011

High-level Segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, attended the opening of the High-level Segment of the substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 4th July 2011 in Geneva. In his speech, President Deiss stressed the importance of education, the theme chosen for this debate. He urged the Council to focus on the economic and social aspects for added value to the discussion on education on the international scene. More generally, President Deiss stressed the urgency of a thorough reform of ECOSOC, for this Principal Organ of the United Nations to avoid being marginalized in the global economic governance and to be viewed as a credible interlocutor for the G20.

In the margins of the High-level Segment, the President of the General Assembly held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, on the priorities of the Organization. President Deiss informed Mr. Tokayev on the holding on 27 July 2011 in New York of a plenary meeting of the General Assembly on disarmament, in which the President invited the Director-General to participate, in his capacity as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament.

The President of the General Assembly also held talks with H.E. Mrs. Laura Dupuy, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva, in her capacity as President of the Human Rights Council. President Deiss expressed his satisfaction on the successful completion of the review the Council's work, which was recently concluded by the adoption of a related resolution of the General Assembly.

The President of the General Assembly also met with Mr. Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). They discussed in particular the importance of property law in the broadest sense, including intellectual property for innovation and economic development.

Finally, the President of the General Assembly met with representatives of NGOs with consultative status with ECOSOC for a discussion on priorities at the sixty-fifth session (development, green economy, global governance). The essential contribution of civil society in the work of the United Nations was well highlighted during this meeting.