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

New York, 5 November 2010

President Deiss meets with Heads of several United Nations entities

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, today met separately with the Heads of several United Nations entities.

UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

President Deiss met with Mr. Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director. Their discussions focused on next year’s comprehensive HIV/AIDS review. H.E. Mr. Gary Francis Quinlan, Permanent Representative of Australia, and H.E. Mr. Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Permanent Representative of Botswana, recently appointed by the President of the General Assembly as co-facilitators to lead consultations for this review also attended the meeting.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The President of the General Assembly met with Ms. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. Ms. Chan briefed President Deiss on the implementation of the Child and Maternal Health Strategy, recently launched by the Secretary-General. They also discussed the upcoming High-level meeting on Non-communicable Diseases and next year’s comprehensive HIV/AIDS review.

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East)

The President of the General met with Mr. Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA. Mr. Grandi briefed President Deiss on the present situation regarding UNRWA activities. He further briefed Mr. Deiss on UNRWA’s current precarious budgetary situation. The President of the General Assembly expressed his sincere appreciation for the invaluable work of UNRWA.

Other activities

The President of the General Assembly delivered remarks at the World Food Day. The United Nations Secretary-General, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Vice President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Miss Universe 2002 Justine Passek, FAO Goodwill Ambassador, participated in the event in New York.

The President of the General Assembly also made a statement at the launch of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, together with the United Nations Secretary-General and the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher as well as the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, all widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in the context of human trafficking, participated in the event.