12 February 2001
The President hosted a working luncheon on the issue of the
follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit, with Deputy
Secretary-General Louise Frechette and a number of Permanent
Representatives from various regions attending. During the
luncheon, views and information were exchanged on how the
follow-up process is proceeding both at the intergovernmental
level and in the United Nations Secretariat.
The President spoke at the opening of the second session of
the Preparatory Committee for the High-level International
Intergovernmental Event on Financing for Development. In his
remarks, Mr. Holkeri emphasized his personal commitment to
the Financing for Development process, which in his view is
searching for fresh angles and interlinkages, rather than
preparing merely for an isolated event. The full text of his
remarks is available on the "Statements and Messages" page.
The President met with the Director of State Forestry at the
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, Mr. Pekka
Patosaari. They discussed the work of the United Nations Forum
on Forests, now in session in the Headquarters.