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Implementation of the Outcomes of UN Summits Approved
Major Goal of the Czech Presidency Adopted
Integrated and Coordinated Implementation of and Follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations Conferences and Summits in the Economic and Social Fields

29 - 30 October 2003
HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT

Office of the President publishes the proposal of its detailed organization.

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15 September 2003
The Last Day of the Czech Presidency of the General Assembly

15 September 2003 - Hanging the President
The traditional ceremony of unveiling of the photo portrait of the outgoing General Assembly President Jan Kavan will take place on Monday, 15 September 2003 at 2.45 p.m. outside General Assembly.


11 September 2003
Statement by Jan Kavan, President of the 57th session of the UN General Assembly
I am deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of Anna Lindh, Foreign Minister of Sweden. Anna was a good friend and colleague with whom I had worked closely as Czech foreign minister and as President of the UN General Assembly. I remember her as a warm and lovely human being, an excellent diplomat, a great European, a passionate social democrat and a wonderful woman with whom I shared her vision of a socially just and peaceful world based on solidarity and tolerance. I am appalled by this senseless and brutal death and hope that the perpetrator be speedily brought to justice. My thoughts are with her family, friends and the people of Sweden who so much cherished their open society.

8 September 2003 - President Kavan Opens the 56th Annual Conference of the Department of Public Information - Non Governmental Organizations

19 August 2003 - UNGA President Jan Kavan expresses his "Deepest condolences over the death of UN employees in Baghdad. My most intense thoughts and sympathies are with those who have lost their loved ones." Among them was Mr. Vieira de Mello, top UN envoy to Iraq, a 30-year veteran of many UN peacekeeping operations from the Balkans to East Timor to Africa. Mr. Mello had been trapped in the rubble of the devastated Canal Hotel, which served as UN headquarters in the Iraqi capital. He was 55 and was UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. >> 
Sergio Vieira de Mello and Jan Kavan

19 August 2003 - Kavan shocked by attack on U.N. mission in Baghdad.
The President of the U.N. General Assembly Jan Kavan is shocked by the terrorist attack on the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and would like to express his condolences to the families of those killed or injured in the attack. Similar attacks can only strengthen our will to rebuild the country and will not dissuade the U.N. from this goal. It is unfortunate that this attack was committed on an organisation whose goal is to help the Iraqi people in this difficult time," Kavan said. The occupying forces are responsible for security in Iraq and for the security of U.N. officials there according to the Geneva conventions and U.N. Security Council resolution 1483, Kavan said. United Nations does not have its own military force in Iraq. The organization is still interested in increasing its role in humanitarian aid, economic reconstruction and political transition to democracy in sovereign Iraq.

Find Out More about Saint Lucia - the country of the next - 58th Presidency of the General Assembly, and the new president Hon. Senator Julian Hunte, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation - President of the General Assembly beginning from 16th September 2003 after representatives of Finland, South Korea and this year's Czech Republic. The U.N. post goes through a regional rotation each year and Latin America and the Caribbean are on the list to lead the session. Caribbean and Latin American countries have nominated Minister Julian R. Hunte, a representative of the smallest country ever to hold this office.


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28 July - President Kavan Visits Timor-Leste
In his speech before the National Parliament president Kavan congratulated the deputies with the progress achieved since the country's independence as well as the parliament's adherence to the main international treaties protecting human rights. He stressed the need for the reenforcement of the judiciary and police structures in the country and the continuing support of the United Nations. Kavan met with
the President of the Republic HE Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, and the President of the National Parliament Francisco Guterres. It is his second visit after the first trip in May 2002 still as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
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>>The United Nations, the United States and the Future of Multilateralism, Lecture Delivered at the National University, Dili, Timor-Leste
>>Address to the National Parliament of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste 
GA President Kavan with President Gusmao, Archive Photo

21 July - President Meets Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UK Permanent Representative to the UN
Sir Jeremy Greenstock visited president Kavan before the end of his mission to the UN.
Kavan - Greenstock

17 July - President Travels to Washington DC
During his official Visit to Washington DC, GA President Kavan met Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Chuck Hagel, former Senator Robert Dole, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Congressmen Danny K. Davis and Curt Davis. US / UN relations and situation in Iraq and Africa were among the discussed topics.
Jan Kavan and Bob Dole

13 July - President Takes Part in the Progressive Governance Conference in London
Alongside GA President, participating in the debate on security doctrine was also a range of leading political theorists, including Mike Moore former Director General of the WTO, Pascal Lamy European Commissioner for Trade, Gareth Evans President of the International Crisis Group, Will Marshall PFI Expert and Giulano Amato Vice-President of the Convention on the future of Europe.
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3 July – Landmark Resolution on the Prevention of Armed Conflict Adopted
After three years of preparation and five months of intensive negotiation, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution on the prevention of armed conflict, hailed as a landmark in efforts to move the world body from a culture of reacting to crises to one of preventing them from reaching critical mass. The resolution has been one of the top priorities of the Czech presidency Read more on UN NEWS >>

3 July - Resolution on Prevention of Armed Conflicts
UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette Welcomes the Adoption
 
Welcoming the adoption, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette recalled that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had made conflict prevention one of his major priorities. “As the Secretary-General reminded us in his report, we have an obligation to the victims of violence around the world to take seriously the challenge of prevention and to move from rhetoric to reality,” she told the Assembly.

23 June - Resolution Approved - Integrated and Coordinated Implementation of and Follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations Conferences and Summits in the Economic and Social Fields prepared under the chairmanship of the GA President has been approved by the General Assembly.
Read the Presentation Speech of the President at the General Assembly >>

17 June - Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group adopted its report containing the draft resolution on the integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations Conferences and Summits in the economic and social fields. The adoption of this resolution - one of the president's priorities - is expected by the General Assembly on Monday 23.
Full Text of the Draft Resolution >>

16 June - President Kavan met H.E. Mr. Rafael A. Bielsa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentine. President's proposal for revitalization of the General Assembly was discussed.

13 June - President Kavan meets Timor-Leste President
GA President Kavan met today with President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Their discussion focused on UN assistance for infrastructure development and security of the newly independent state.

9 June 2003 – President Kavan met with HE Mr. George Iacovou, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. Mr. Iacovou said his government is willing to revisit the Secretary General’s plan for Cyprus as a basis for negotiations with Turkish Cypriot leaders, provided that the plan is deemed economically viable. The Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities have improved with the opening of the Green Line, although the support of the Turkish Cypriot leaders for the plan is still unsure.

6 June: New General Assembly President Elected
Minister of External Affairs Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia has been elected the president of the U.N. General Assembly's 58th session. The U.N. post goes through a regional rotation each year and Latin America and the Caribbean are on the list to lead the 58th annual session, which begins 16 September. Caribbean and Latin American countries have nominated Minister Julian R. Hunte, a representative of the smallest country ever to hold this office.
President Kavan, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony and Foreign Minister Julian Hunte of St. Lucia.

3 June 2003 - President Kavan met with the Permanent Representative of Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Dirk Jan van den Berg.

3 June 2003 - President Kavan received the Foreign Minister of Liechtenstein, H.E. Ernst Walch on a courtesy call. Jan Kavan and Enst Walch

27 May 2003 - Reading Marathon at the United Nations in New York
Life in Truth - Homage to Václav Havel

Live internet webcast of a Reading Marathon organized to pay homage to all the authors, whose writings had helped raise awareness in support of the cause of human rights, freedom and free speech. Traditionally it has been sponsored under the patronage of a distinguished Czech personality in politics. It is aiming at promoting important authors of literature whose work had and or still has a profound impact universally, on the subject of freedom and human rights. Find Out More >>.
 

15 May 2003 - Exhibition of U.N. posters in the Czech National Museum in Prague - President of the United Nations General Assembly and Czech MP Jan Kavan opened an exhibition of U.N. posters and symbols for U.N. campaigns in the National Museum in Prague. The Czech public will be able to view the travelling "For a Better World" exhibition from Thursday to June 22. The posters cover protection of human rights, the fight for equality, the fight against racism and the movement for sustainable growth with artists such as Marc Chagall and Joan Miro represented. UNHCR Poster - Einstein was a Refugee

11 May 2003 - Conference of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations in Barcelona: Over 250 people from more than 50 United Nations Associations around the world gathered in Barcelona, Spain from 8-11 May for the 37th Plenary Assembly of WFUNA and a Conference on the theme: "The United Nations: Our Hope, Our Future". The UN General Assembly President, H. E. Jan Kavan, gave the keynote address. Panel discussions were held on the Campaign for the Millennium Development Goals; Global Governance; the Role of Civil Society in Support of the UN; Reform of the UN and the World Summit on Information Society.

10 April 2003 - President Kavan met with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Amre Moussa. Kavan-Musa

10 April 2003 - President Kavan met with US permanent representative to the UN, ambassador John D. Negroponte. President Kavan stressed the importancy of post conflict reconstruction in Iraq. Kavan - Negroponte

7-8 April 2003 - President Kavan continues his official visit to Austria and Vienna-based U.N. agencies. President Kavan met among others H.E. Mr. Wolfgang Schüssel, Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero Waldner in Vienna, Austrian Federal Chancellor, Andreas Khol, President of the National Assembly and Mr. Heinz Fischer, 2nd President of the National Assembly. President Kavan with the Austrrian Chancellor Schüssel

7 April 2003 - Kavan started his official visit to Austria and Vienna-based U.N. agencies. Kavan met with Austrian Foreign Minister Ferrero Waldner and Mohamed ElBaradei, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency. "I think it is now already important to establish an active role for the United Nations after the war," he told a news conference. "I do very much hope, also for the sake of legitimacy and for the sake or acceptance in the region, that the United Nations will play a crucial role." Read the president's speeches:
President's speech at the Austrian National Assembly >>
Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Austria Center Vienna>>

President Kavan with Austrian Foreign Minister Ferrero Waldner - archival photo

17 March - President's Kavan Interview on Iraq
In his Czech Radio interview, President Kavan defended the importance of the United Nations. "The UN will in no event collapse," he said. "Nor do I agree that the relevance of the UN has been questioned... The UN is far too great to be reduced simply to the question of deciding on war against Iraq, even though it is very important," he said. In Kavan's words, the UN is meeting all the functions and duties ensuing from the UN Charter in attempting to prevent war.
Kavan and ElBaradei after their meeting in Vienna, 8 April 2003

Assassination of Zoran Djindjic, Prime Minister of Serbia
13 March - Statement by the President of the UN General Assembly
I would like to express my deep shock and sadness at learning of the assassination of His Excellency Zoran Djindjic, Prime Minister of Serbia. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the government and people of Serbia, and to Mr. Djindjic's family, in their loss. I feel personally very strongly about this and share the pain caused by this cruel act as Zoran was a friend of mine and a former fellow human rights dissident. I have worked with him when we were both dissidents as well as when he continued in his opposition to Milosevic regime and I was a Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and lastly when we were both in top government positions and endeavoured to work for democratic Central Europe as our contribution to better conditions in Europe and the world. FULL TEXT >>


12 March - President Kavan back to New York
GA President Kavan arrived to New York after the official visit to Australia and Japan and after participating in the vote of confidence of the Czech Government in the Parliament in Prague.

Japan Foreign Minister

President Kavan to Visit Australia and Japan
2-12 March - General Assembly President Kavan will be arriving in Sydney this weekend at the start of an official visit to Australia and Japan over the next two weeks. During his week-long visit to Australia, he will meet with Foreign Ministry and UN officials. He will give a number of keynote addresses and lectures, including at the University of New South Wales on the role of the General Assembly in maintaining peace and security, and that the National Europe Center of the Australian National University on the role of the UN in promoting Human Rights. President Kavan will also participate in Melbourne in a roundtable on nationalism, internationalism and cosmopolitanism and deliver a public lecture on UN and globalization at the DEakin University. President Kavan then travels to Tokyo for an official visit to Japan between March 9 - 12 at which he will meet with Japanese Government officials including the Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi.

21 February 2003 - BBC Czech Service Interview
The UN GA President Jan Kavan was interviewed on the situation in Iraq by BBC Czech Service. INTERVIEW AND ITS FULL TRANSCRIPTION>>

19 February 2003 - President Kavan Travels to Prague
Jan Kavan, the GA President and Deputy of the Czech Parliament for the Czech Social Democratic Party left New York on 18 February to attend the regular session of Chambers of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. On 28th February, the joint session of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies is to begin the third round of the elections for the new Czech President.

16 February : The President back from the Caricom Intersessional Meeting
H.E. Kavan visited the conference in Port of Spain on the invitation of Caricom's Secretary-General Edwin Carrington. The President Kavan is due to hand over the General Assembly presidency, which is rotated yearly by region, to a successor from the Caribbean and Latin American regional group GRULAC.

15 February : Candidate for the Next GA Presidency
Port of Spain: President Kavan met Prime Minister Kenny Anthony and Foreign Minister Julian Hunte of St. Lucia. Caribbean and Latin American countries have nominated Minister Julian Hunte to be president of the U.N. General Assembly's next session. The U.N. post goes through a regional rotation each year and Latin America and the Caribbean are on the list to lead the 58th annual session, which begins in September.


14 February : United Nations in Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain: During his official visit to Trinidad and Tobago, president Kavan met UNDP representative Ms. Inyang Ebong - Harstroup.

President Kavan and Ms. Ebong - Harstroup, UNDP Representative

6 February 2003 - The President Visits the International Monetary Fund
The president welcomes the meeting with IMF's managing director Horst Köhler as an opportunity for discussing the possibilities for further strengthening the cooperation between the UN and the IMF. The issue of particular importance is the proper preparation of the High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, which the General Assembly has scheduled for the end of October 2003.


3 February 2003 - The General Assembly President Jan Kavan met H.E. Mr. Mircea Dan Geoana, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania. The chief of Romanian diplomacy discussed with Jan Kavan the situation in Iraq as well as Romania's participation in Afghanistan. Also discussed were the UN actions in conflict prevention and activities in the field of post-conflict reconstruction. Kavan and Geoana

1 February 2003 - President Kavan was shocked and saddened by the tragedy that befell the space shuttle Columbia and its crew on Saturday. His thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the seven astronauts who lost their lives. He also extends his condolences to the Governments and people of the United States, India and Israel who lost crew members in the tragedy. The President pays tribute to the courage and invincible spirit of the astronauts and their endeavours.

27 January 2003 - The General Assembly President Jan Kavan presided over the Organizational Meeting of the Working Group on the Integrated follow-up. Over the past decade, numerous UN conferences and summits resulted in clarifying and setting the development goals. It is now time to engage ourselves in search for the most effective mechanism for review of the progress achieved. The credibility of the United Nations is based not only on its ability to articulate political goals but also, and primarily, on its ability to mobilize political will for their implementation.
FULL TEXT OF THE PRESIDENT´S SPEECH >>


27 January 2003 - President Kavan returned to New York today after Presidential Election in the Czech Republic. The President left New York on 15 January to attend the joint session of both chambers of the Czech Parliament. He returns to New York after taking part in both rounds of the Election of the new President of the Czech Republic.

23 January 2003 - President Kavan in UNIC Prague
Jan Kavan, the GA President, will take part in a background talk with journalists, NGO, UN and governmental representatives at United Nations Information Centre in Prague.

UNIC Prague logo

15 January 2003 - President Kavan Takes Part in Presidential Election in Prague
Jan Kavan, the GA President and Deputy of the Czech Parliament for the Czech Social Democratic Party left New York on 11 January to attend the joint session of both chambers of the Czech Parliament. The joint session of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies is to elect the new Czech President and successor to the outgoing President Václav Havel for the next five years.


18 December 2002 - President Kavan returned to New York today. The President left New York on 16 December to attend the plenary session of the Czech Parliament. He returns to New York after voting on the state budget of the Czech Republic. The Czech government also won the battle over the country's EU entry conditions in the Chamber of Deputies today when the house welcomed the successful completion of Prague's accession talks at the Copenhagen summit. The Chamber of Deputies also thanked GA President Jan Kavan, President Vaclav Havel and all of the Czech Republic's post-communist premiers and foreign ministers in connection with the EU entry.

13 December - Jan Kavan took part in "Coupe de Champagne" reception given by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in honour of the President of the General Assembly upon the closure of the Assembly's main session.

13 December - Interview for World Chronicle
The UN General Assembly President discussed the status of General Assembly in the UN and the global politics, the question of Iraq and the need for multilateral forums in contemporary world. "I am a strong believer in diplomacy, multilateral organizations and the world´s parliament", Kavan stressed.
12 December - President Kavan returned to New York from the plenary session of the Czech Parliament and the negotiation of the state budget of the Czech Republic.

President Kavan, Whoopi Goldberg and UN Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette at World Aids Day Observance
26 November - There are over 42 million adults and children living with AIDS, of which, some 14 million are orphaned children. ... The stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and the discrimination against those suffering from the disease, are still keeping many nations and communities in denial of acknowledging this epidemic in their midst, contributing to its spread and further loss of life. The disavowal of HIV/AIDS victims by society in these communities, ranges from refusal of health care services to eviction from their homes. FULL TEXT>>

President Kavan Meets Permanent Representative of Sweden
22 November - President Kavan met H.E. Mr. Pierre Schori, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN. Timetable of further negotiations of a conflict prevention resolution was the main topic of the meeting.

President Kavan Meets Executive Secretary of CTBTO
20 November - President Kavan met Mr. Wolfgang Hoffmann, Executive Secretary of CTBTO - preparatory commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The conversation focused on the activities of CTBTO, possibilities of the treaty ratification, system of stations monitoring seismic activity around the world as well as relations between CTBTO and UN.

President of Afghanistan Welcomes the Panel "Afghanistan: One Year Later" organized by GA President Kavan
18 November - The Head of State of Afghanistan, H.E. Hamid Karzai writes in his letter: "Let me begin by thanking Your Excellency, Mr. Jan Kavan, President of the General Assembly, for having convened and for presiding over this open-ended panel of the General Assembly on "Afghanistan: one year later".
Political Issues Discussed
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We welcome and are grateful to Your Excellency for making today´s meeting happen. We find that this meeting, in the form of a panel, will serve to be instrumental in bringing further awareness to the problems facing Afghanistan, including a further reminder to donor countries to implement their commitments of assistance to Afghanistan. We owe gratitude to the donor community for its assistance to Afghanistan thus far. However, if I may, I would like to, once again, say to the donor community that reconstruction and security go hand in hand - one cannot be achieved without the other...." FULL TEXT >>

Open ended panel "Afghanistan: one year later" organized by the General Assembly President started on 18th November 2002. It has two consecutive sessions: on political issues from 9 to 11 a.m. and on economic issues from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

The panel is held in Trusteeship Council of the UN Conference Building. FULL TEXT >>

The Journalist Ahmed Rashid Speaking

Open-ended panel of the General Assembly on "Afghanistan: one year later"
11 November - The General Assembly has approved the resolution submitted by President Kavan for creating an open-ended panel of the General Assembly on "Afghanistan: one year later" on 18th November 2002. An interactive dialogue on Afghanistan one year after the agreement reached in Bonn would afford the international community an opportunity to take stock of the General Assembly on Afghanistan, including on post conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan and future United Nations activities in this regard. FULL TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION>>


President Kavan Meets German Foreign Minister Fischer
1 November - GA President Jan Kavan Met German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. Possibilities of UN General Assembly revitalisation were among the discussed topics as well as the preparations of the panel discussion on situation in Afghanistan one year after adopting the Bonn Agreement FULL TEXT>>.

UN Day Celebrations in Prague
24 October - United Nations Information Centre in Prague organized festivities of the UN Day. In his video message, the GA president Kavan mentioned. " the On twenty-fourth October our United Nations is celebrating its fifty-seventh birthday.... The relevance of the United Nations is confirmed more than ever today when there are so many global problems challenging our world..... "

United Nations Day
24 October - In his message on United Nations Day, General Assembly President Kavan pays tribute to the founders of the United Nations and their foresight in establishing “an Organization that was mandated to ensure a just and peaceful world, an Organization that would reflect the universal moral conscience, an Organization which is the most inclusive of all world forums, where nations may settle their differences and disputes peacefully.”
 

President Kavan Meets High Commisioner for Human Rights
21 October - President Kavan met Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights.

Members of the International Court of Justice Elected
21 October - From the Daily Briefing of the Spokesman of the General Assembly President: "President Kavan chaired the General Assembly plenary, which elected five members of the International Court of Justice for a nine-year term of office, commencing 6 February 2003. In accordance with established procedure, the General Assembly and the Security Council voted independently of one another to elect the members of the Court."
Richard Sydenham, Spokesman of the President

President Kavan denounces Bali bomb blast
14 October - In a statement released to the press today, General Assembly President Kavan condemns and is outraged by the terrorist attack that has claimed the lives of so many innocent civilian victims. He calls on all states to fight terrorism and says such attacks cannot be excused for any reason or by any ideology. President Kavan hopes for a swift investigation and punishment of those responsible in the attack.

From the Daily Briefing of Richard Sydenham, Spokesman of the General Assembly President
9 October - In his message today on the International Day for Disaster Reduction, General Assembly President Kavan said that the international community had a big responsibility in the process of disaster reduction through assisting developing countries. He says, “As I have personally seen during the floods in my country, there are several, very visible examples of cooperation in the field of post-disaster help and mitigation throughout the international community. This gives me hope concerning future coordinated global efforts to decrease human, environmental, economic and social losses from disasters". This message was issued as a press release today.

Jan Kavan meets Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.
3 October - Mr. Chowdhury informed President Kavan about the work of his office, which was created in December 2001, in particular activities in Africa which contains the largest number of least developed and landlocked developing countries. Also discussed was the possibility of integrating topics, now discussed in different forums, in order to streamline the work of the General Assembly.


President meets Secretary General of World Federation of United Nations Associations
3 October - Donald Blinken, Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) and Mrs. Pera Wells, Deputy Secretary-General (WFUNA), presented to G.A. President Kavan the recent report "We the People - A Call to Action for the UN Millennium Declaration". Discussion covered the main focus of WFUNA's work- achieving Millennium Development Goals through the creation of global partnerships for development. Mr. Blinken invited President Kavan to participate in WFUNA's next plenary meeting in Barcelona.


Jan Kavan meets with Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteer Programme
2 October - During their meeting Mrs. Sharon Capeling-Alakija, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) briefed G.A. President Kavan on the accomplishments of the International Year of Volunteers (2001) in particular the role played by UN volunteers during the recent floods in the Czech Republic. They agreed that the International Year of Volunteers had been a milestone in helping to built the necessary network and infrastructure for the future work of the UNV Programme.


Permanent Representative of Bahrain meets GA President upon completion of assignment
2 October - Outgoing Permanent Representative of Bahrain, Jassim Mohammed Buallay, briefed G. A. President Kavan on his 8 year assignment including Bahrain's membership of the Security Council and vice-presidency of ECOSOC. Buallay discussed with Kavan the importance of the Iraq question and Bahrain's role in providing the base for UNSCOM and participating in UNMOVIC. He also indicated Bahrain's appreciation for the active role of the Czech Republic in the Middle East, especially the participation of its military unit in Kuwait.

Meeting with the Permanent Representative of Sweden
1 October 2002 - President Kavan met H.E. Mr. Pierre Schori, Permanent Representative of Sweden and Ambassador Stig Elvemar (Sweden). Among the main topics discussed were conflict prevention, revitalization of the work of the General Assembly and the report of the Secretary-General on UN reform.

From the Daily Briefing of Richard Sydenham, Spokesman of the General Assembly President
27 September -
Timor Leste becomes today the 191st UN Member State when the General Assembly formally admitted it during its morning session. Timor Leste was the first country to come into existence in the new millennium, when the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) handed over authority on 20 May this year to a democratically elected Government.

New UN Member: President Kavan meets Timor-Leste President
26 September - GA President Kavan's meeting with President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao took place on the admission of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as 191st member of the UN. Their discussion focused on UN assistance for infrastructure development and security of the newly independent state. Timor-Leste, according to its president, needs help in creating the administrative, military, police and other structures necessary for it to function.
FULL TEXT>>
GA President Kavan with President Gusmao

UN Foundation President Wirth meets GA President

26 September - Senator Tim Wirth, President of the UN Foundation and Mr. Amir Dosal, Executive Director of the UN Fund for International Partnerships briefed GA President Kavan on the work of the Foundation and Fund in providing $500 million assistance to UN projects and activities in the fields of children's health, human rights and the environment. Initiatives for future fundraising and to engage civil society were also discussed.


Permanent Representative of Mongolia meets President Kavan
24 September - In their review of issues before the 57th General Assembly, Permanent Representative Jargalsaikhany Enkhsaikhan of Mongolia and President Kavan discussed the upcoming debate in the Second Committee on landlocked developing countries as well as preparations for the United Nations Literacy Decade: Education for All beginning in 2003 in cooperation with UNESCO. The nuclear-free weapons status of Mongolia was also discussed as well as the International Conference on New and Restored Democracies to be held in June 2003 in Ulaanbaator.

President Kavan discusses Iraq with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States
24 September - President Kavan thanked the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa and the League itself for their pressure on Baghdad leading to Saddam Hussein´s agreement to allow the return of UN weapons inspectors. According to Secretary-General Moussa, the League supports a multilateral approach and return of UN weapons inspectors to solve the Iraq problem. As for the Palestine issue, Secretary-General Moussa recommended the definition of clear limits not only on Palestinians, but also on Israel, in their activities.
Jan Kavan with Amr Moussa

President Kavan meets with Foreign Minister of Lebanon
20 September - Minister Mahmoud Hammoud discussed his recent visit to the Czech Republic and his conversation with Czech President Havel. F.M. Hammoud informed GA President Kavan about the increasing tensions between Lebanon and Israel concerning the use of water from south Lebanon rivers and that Lebanon had the right to use up to 30% of the waters according to a 1953 agreement. F.M. Hammoud hoped that the problem could be solved with the help of US experts. The Foreign Minister also informed President Kavan about the positive work done by UNIFIL in his country.

President Kavan discusses UN reform with Foreign Minister Kukan of Slovakia
19 September - President Jan Kavan assured F.M. Eduard Kukan that revitalization of the work of the UN General Assembly is one of his top priorities. Very important, in this context, is the Report of the UN Secretary-General on Reform. President Kavan indicated he also intends to consider some reform plans outlined by 55th GA President Harri Holkeri. President Kavan told F.M. Kukan that he plans to organize consultations with the presidents of the Security Council and ECOSOC, and with the Secretary-General and the Bretton Woods institutions on reform. F.M. Kukan assured President Kavan of Slovak support for UN Security Council reform.

Head of the PLO's Political Department Farouk Kaddoumi meets GA President Kavan
18 September - During their meeting, Mr. Kaddoumi described to President Kavan the situation in the Palestinian territories, including the military presence and fragmentation by Israeli settlements. Mr. Kaddoumi indicated that he does not consider the Quartet negotiations to be a success as they should also focus more on the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Palestine.

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Inam ul Haque meets with GA President Kavan
18 September - President Kavan asked for Pakistan´s view regarding the situation in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Iraq. F.M. ul Haque indicated his government's support for the peace process in Afghanistan and of the Karzai government. He underlined the need for the creation of an Afghan army as well as solving the problem of more than 5 million refugees. F.M. ul Haque welcomed the decision of Iraq to accept UN inspectors and said that further developments will depend on Iraq´s cooperation with UN resolutions.

President Kavan discusses Middle East issues with Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister of Israel
17 September - Leading the discussion were the latest events concerning Iraq. President Kavan acknowledged the pressure put on Iraq by Arab countries resulting in the return of UN inspectors. Foreign Minister Peres informed President Kavan of Israel's skepticism about the declaration and its disbelief in the Hussein regime's promises. As for the possibility of creating an independent Palestinian state, Mr. Kavan expressed his support for the road map proposed by the European Union.
President Kavan discusses Middle East issues with Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister of Israel

Meeting with Foreign Minister Al-Sabah of Kuwait
17 September - GA President Kavan and F.M. Al-Sabah discussed Czech-Kuwait relations, the situation in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. F.M. Al-Sabah expressed his conviction that pressure from the Arab League would help to avoid war even though the Iraq regime has a tradition of not fulfilling UN resolutions. Arab initiative in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was discussed as well as future cooperation between the GA Presidency and Kuwait.

Foreign Minister of Slovenia Dimitrij Rupel Meets the President
16 September - President Kavan underlined that if Iraq does not comply with UN resolutions an attack is inevitable and that all political means must be used to persuade it to accept unconditionally the return of UN inspectors. The role of Arab countries is extremely important in these negotiations, the President said. F.M. Rupel recommended that the situation be resolved within the UN. As for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, President Kavan said that he hopes that the EU plan can be implemented.

President Kavan Meets Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qurbi of Yemen
16 September - F.M. Al Qurbi underlined to President Kavan the importance of President Bush's speech in the UN General Assembly and the US decision to take the Iraq question to the UN Security Council. Both parties appreciated the League of Arab States position, that Saddam Hussein should fulfill UN resolutions, and expressed their hope that Iraq will enable unconditional return of UN inspectors. F.M.Al Qurbi stressed that a war would have catastrophic results not only for the whole region, but would also have a negative impact on the world. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts of the Quartet were also discussed.

Jan Kavan and Abu Bakr al-Qurbi of Yemen

President Kavan Meets EU Foreign and Security High Representative Solana
16 September – Among the topics of the meeting were: the mandate and functioning of the International Criminal Court; the situation in Middle East; Tuesday´s negotiation of the Quartet (UN, EU, USA and Russia) and the possibilities of creating a Palestinian state according to the EU plan by 2005. Elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and future cooperation between the EU and the GA Presidency were also discussed.

Meeting with Yoriko Kawaguchi, Foreign Minister of Japan
15 September - Discussions between President Kavan and F.M. Kawaguchi centered on Iraq and UN reform. Japan supports adherence to UN resolutions concerning Iraq and the situation is a test of UN legitimacy. UN reform requires a new impetus so that the nine-year-old problem could be moved forward. President Kavan appreciated activities of Japan in the field of conflict prevention and underlined that this approach corresponds to his own priorities.


Meeting with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien
15 September - F.M. Nguyen Dy Nien informed President Kavan about the Vietnamese experience in the UN and underlined the positive work of UNDP in Vietnam. Mr. Kavan informed him about the priorities of the Czech Republic during his presidency, especially in the effectiveness and transparency of the work of the Assembly and the active follow-up to the Monterrey and Johannesburg conferences. In the case of Iraq, F.M. Nguyen said that Vietnam, as well as other countries of Southeast Asia, would prefer a solution that would avoid war. He said that Iraq has to comply with UN resolutions.

New UN Member: Swiss Foreign Minister Deiss Visits GA President
14th September - GA President Kavan met H.E. Joseph Deiss, Foreign Minister of Switzerland, to discuss UN reform, the Middle East and the Global Compact. Also discussed was Switzerland´s expectations from its UN membership.

President Kavan Meets Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan of China
14 September – Foreign Minister Tang thanked Mr. Kavan for the effective way in which he presided over the General Committee. He also expressed his support of the President in carrying out his duties and of his commitment to UN reform. On the question of Iraq, Foreign Minister Tang and President Kavan agreed that relevant UN resolutions should be implemented. The meeting also touched on development issues, including the connection between the Millennium Development goals, the Monterrey Consensus and the outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.


Situation in Iraq Discussed with Foreign Minister of Tunisia
14 September - F.M. Habib Ben Yahia informed GA President Kavan about the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States. F.M.Yahia indicated that Tunisia understands US reaction, having itself been attacked by terrorists in April, and recommends immediate acceptance of UN resolutions by Iraq. Revitalisation of the UN and other topics were also discussed.

Meeting with Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kassymzhomart Tokaev
13 September - In his meeting with GA President Kavan, F.M. Tokaev underlined the increasing importance of the region due to military activities in Afghanistan. He said Kazakhstan supported international operations there by providing an airport base. Also discussed was the rehabilitation of the former nuclear test field in Semipalatinsk with help from the UN and international donors.

Spain´s Foreign Minister Visits the GA President
12 September - The meeting with F.M. Ana Palacio included discussion of the international fight against terrorism, the question of Gibraltar, Spain's candidature to membership of the Security Council and Spain's interest in an agreement on human cloning.

Indifference Is Not an Option
GA President Kavan Meets US President Bush

12 September – President of the 57th UN General Assembly met with US President Bush prior to the GA Session. Jan Kavan expressed his preference for a joint approach of the US and UN to Iraq and underlined that indifference is not an option.

 
9/11 - President's Inscription in the Book of Condolence

11 September – "I want to pay tribute to the courage, invincible
spirit and extraordinary heroism of the American people in the face of the horrors of September 11th. The immense determination with which they embarked on the way of recovery and the difficult healing process has been an inspiration to all of us. However, my most intense thoughts and sympathies are, understandably, with those who have lost their loved ones."


President Kavan opens the 57th Session of the General Assembly

10 September – President of the 57th UN General Assembly opened its first plenary meeting. The opening speech can be found here. FULL TEXT>>


Office of the General Assembly President Opens

10 September The Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly opened at its traditional location on the second floor of the Conference Building (No. 204) and also on the first floor (No. 176). MEET US>>

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