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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly

New York, 16 March 2011

President Deiss meets with President Tarja Halonen of Finland

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, met with H.E. Ms. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland.

The meeting took place ahead of the Interactive Dialogue with the High Level Panel on Global Sustainability held today at the General Assembly in New York. The High Level Panel on Global Sustainability was launched by the United Nations Secretary-General in August 2010. The Panel is co-chaired by President Halonen and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

The Interactive Dialogue with the Global Sustainability Panel offers an opportunity for Member States to interact with the co-Chairs and some Members of the Panel and as well as to share their views and suggestions. The Global Sustainability Panel consists of 22 authoritative world figures who work together to produce a comprehensive blue print for a low-carbon, sustainable future. Their final report is expected to help inform relevant governmental discussions.

The President of the General Assembly expressed his appreciation to President Halonen and other esteemed Members of the Panel and participants for their invaluable contributions.