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

New York, 18 November 2010

Visit to France of the President of the General Assembly
Meeting between Mr. Deiss and Ms. Michèle Alliot-Marie

During his official visit to Paris, H.E. Mr. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the United Nations General Assembly, met with H.E. Ms. Michèle Alliot-Marie, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France.

They discussed global governance, in particular the G20 and its interconnection with the General Assembly, in the context of the French presidency of the G20.

Security Council reform, disarmament and the contribution of France to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were also discussed.

Mr. Deiss also met several heads of international organizations based in Paris.

Meeting with the Director General of UNESCO

With the Director General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, he discussed issues pertaining to global governance, rapprochement between cultures and dialogue among civilizations, cultural diversity, the MDGs and the contribution of UNESCO to education.

Meeting with the Secretary-General of the OIF

With Mr. Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), President Deiss spoke of relations between the United Nations and OIF, cultural diversity as well as global governance and Security Council reform.

President Deiss at the OECD Council

President Deiss addressed the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and highlighted efforts to reaffirm the central role of the United Nations in global governance. This theme was taken up during the bilateral meeting President Deiss had with Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.