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

New York, 27 October 2010

Official visit of the President of the General Assembly to Japan

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, arrived in Tokyo yesterday, 26 October. President Deiss had a working dinner hosted by H.E. Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who was accompanied by a number of senior officials from the Foreign Ministry. The topics they discussed included Security Council Reform, the Biodiversity meeting in Nagoya (COP 10) and other environmental issues such as climate change, green economy, the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals High-Level plenary meeting of September in New York, disarmament and human security. The President of the General Assembly thanked the State Secretary for Japan's strong commitment to and support for the United Nations.

Today, 27 October, President Deiss delivered a statement and presented the summary of the General Assembly’s High-Level meeting on biodiversity at the opening ceremony of the High-Level Ministerial Segment (HLS) of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya.

This was followed by a bilateral meeting with H.E. Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan. Topics discussed by the President and the Prime Minister included the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals High-Level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, Security Council Reform, disarmament and President Deiss’ forthcoming visit to Hiroshima.

President Deiss commended Prime Minister Kan for Japan's strong support for and contribution to the work of the United Nations. On the margins of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties High-Level segment, President Deiss met with the President of the Republic of Gabon, H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba. They discussed the importance of moving towards a green economy. President Deiss also had a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Yemen, H.E. Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawar, during which they discussed important matters on the agenda of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

After returning today to Tokyo from Nagoya, the President of the General Assembly had a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr. Seiji Maehara. Their discussions focused largely on Security Council Reform.

Finally the President of the General Assembly had a dinner with members of the Board of the United Nations Association of Japan.