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PGA meeting with Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Special Adviser and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) of Civilian Capacities

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 8 January 2014

President Ashe with Ms. Sarah CliffeThe President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, met today with Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Special Adviser and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) of Civilian Capacities. Discussions covered preparations for one of the President’s thematic debates, namely on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies” to be held 24-25 April 2014.

Ms. Cliffe proposed that consideration be given to positive aspects of this debate, including what countries have done thus far and how to promote investment in addressing issues of crime and strengthening justice systems of countries for sustainable peace. The President of the General Assembly expressed his interest in collaborating with Ms. Cliffe and her Office in preparation of this thematic debate.

Ms. Cliffe also updated President Ashe on the issue of Civilian Capacities and the process relating to the upcoming consideration of the Secretary-General’s latest report on Civilian Capacities. She noted that the Report was scheduled to be published on 06 January 2014 and in line with relevant resolutions. Ms. Cliffe underlined that the Report calls for the strengthening of existing resources for capacity building programs.

President of the General Assembly John W. Ashe (left) Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Special Adviser and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) of Civilian Capacities Photo/Bill Bly