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

New York, 26 November 2010

President Deiss in Geneva

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, attended on 26 November 2010 the closing ceremony of the third annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) held in Geneva at the headquarters of the International Labour Office (ILO ). Organized in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and more than twenty agencies and partner organizations of the United Nations system, the event allowed participants to exchange best practices in development. In his speech, Mr. Deiss welcomed the very pragmatic orientation of the discussions and encouraged the partners to develop programs of South-South and triangular cooperation to focus on strengthening institutions in order to promote investment and the creation of jobs for a sustainable reduction of poverty.

The President of the General Assembly also met separately with heads of several United Nations entities in Geneva. With Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of ILO, the discussions focused on global governance and the relationship between the General Assembly and the G20, and between the ILO and the G20. The ILO's role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was also discussed, as well as the importance attached to job creation to complete these goals.

Three subjects - global governance, MDGs and the specific vulnerability of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the volatility of commodity and raw materials prices- were also discussed during the meeting with Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary- General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. António Guterres, focused on the issue of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), particularly as a result of natural disasters, and on migration.
At the invitation of the Press Club, the President of the General Assembly responded to questions from Swiss and international correspondents based in Geneva.

Moreover, the President of the General Assembly was received for luncheon by the authorities of the Canton of Geneva.he President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, attended on 26 November 2010 the closing ceremony of the third annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) held in Geneva at the headquarters of the International Labour Office (ILO ). Organized in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and more than twenty agencies and partner organizations of the United Nations system, the event allowed participants to exchange best practices in development. In his speech, Mr. Deiss welcomed the very pragmatic orientation of the discussions and encouraged the partners to develop programs of South-South and triangular cooperation to focus on strengthening institutions in order to promote investment and the creation of jobs for a sustainable reduction of poverty.

The President of the General Assembly also met separately with heads of several United Nations entities in Geneva. With Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of ILO, the discussions focused on global governance and the relationship between the General Assembly and the G20, and between the ILO and the G20. The ILO's role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was also discussed, as well as the importance attached to job creation to complete these goals.

Three subjects - global governance, MDGs and the specific vulnerability of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the volatility of commodity and raw materials prices- were also discussed during the meeting with Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary- General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).


The meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. António Guterres, focused on the issue of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), particularly as a result of natural disasters, and on migration.

At the invitation of the Press Club, the President of the General Assembly responded to questions from Swiss and international correspondents based in Geneva.

Moreover, the President of the General Assembly was received for luncheon by the authorities of the Canton of Geneva.