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United Nations, New York, 6 April 2011

Official visit of President Deiss to the Federal Republic of Germany

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, was in Berlin on a one-day official visit to Federal Republic of Germany, at the invitation of the German Government.

During his visit, President Deiss met with the President of the Federal Republic, H.E. Mr. Christian Wulff, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor, H.E. Dr. Guido Westerwelle, the Minister for Development, H.E. Mr. Dirk Niebel, and the Minister for the Environment, H.E. Dr. Norbert Röttgen. President Deiss also participated in a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, the national Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the evening, President Deiss delivered a speech on the topic: "The United Nations and the G20: competition, cooperation or convergence?" at a public meeting co-hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the United Nations Association of Germany.

The President of the General Assembly discussed with the German authorities the following topics: global governance, in particular the relationship between the G20 and the United Nations, Security Council reform and United Nations reform in general, the Millennium Development Goals and the follow-up to last September's high-level plenary meeting, the upcoming conference on the Least Developed Countries that will take place from 9 to 13 May in Istanbul, the 2011 General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS from 8 to 10 June 2011 in New York, and the General Assembly Summit on Non-communicable Disease (NCD) in September 2011, green economy and the Rio+20 process on Sustainable Development as well as the situation in Libya, Côte d'Ivoire, Sudan and the Middle East.

President Wulff also expressed a keen interest in the topic of intercultural dialogue and the Alliance of Civilizations.

President Deiss thanked Germany for its strong support to multilateralism in general and its strong commitment to the United Nations and its General Assembly. The German authorities expressed their full support for the various initiatives of President Deiss.