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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 24 September 2013

General Assembly President Meets President of United StatesPresident Ashe meets with H. E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States.

The President of the General Assembly met today with H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States. The discussion focused on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and climate change.

The PGA reemphasized the theme for the sixty-eighth session and highlighted his plans to set the stage for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In particular, the PGA highlighted key thematic debates and high level events to be held during the course of the year and encouraged the United States government’s participation at the highest level.

President Obama signalled that the rollout of a United States domestic climate change agenda would seek to influence business and industry to take positive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. He also underlined that the United States would strive to meet its obligations under the Copenhagen Accord. The PGA and H.E. Mr. Obama also exchanged views on support for the conclusion of a legally binding agreement on climate change at the global level.

President Obama also indicated that the US is investing in research to sponsor the development of new technologies in order to promote fresh approaches to addressing climate change.

President Obama underscored the importance of sustainable development, offering support to the PGA.

John Ashe (right), President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, meets with Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. UN Photo/Evan Schneider