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OCTOBER 2003

31 October 2003- Assembly President Appoints Facilitators for Revitalization Debate

Julian Robert Hunte, President of the General Assembly, said that he had sensed an emerging consensus that action should be taken expeditiously. Among the specific issues addressed in the debate, many had emphasized the need to reaffirm the political position and status of the Assembly and to redress the relationship between that body and the Security Council. There had also been agreement that in order to ensure better respect for Assembly resolutions and decisions, they must be made better known.

President Hunte confers with General Assembly Affairs

Julian R. Hunte confers with the General Assembly Affairs Branch (UN/DPI Photo UNE 5308)



Views had begun to converge on some points regarding the nature and function of the plenary itself. Finally, President Hunte announced the appointment of six facilitators for the revitalization debate, as the next step forward. They were: Abdallah Baali (Algeria); Stafford O. Neil (Jamaica); Dirk Jan van den Berg (Netherlands); Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore); Roman Kirn (Slovenia); and Dumisani Shadrack Kumalo (South Africa).

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31 October 2003- President Julian Hunte meets with the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koichiro Matsuura, as the Assembly takes up issues related to cultural heritage and the return or restitution of cultural property.

President Hunte meets with Koichiro Matsuura of UNESCO

Julian R. Hunte meets with Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO (UN/DPI Photo UNE 5491 by Stephanie Hollyman)


For UNESCO, protecting tangible and intangible cultural heritage means ensuring its capacity for renewal. Safeguarding cultural heritage does not solely imply preserving cultural monuments, but also reviving living culture worldwide, traditional festivals, performing arts and crafts, re-establishing theatres and cinemas, and promoting cultural industries to help people to recover their cultural identity, preserve their timeless traditions and invigorate their artistic and intellectual creativity.

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



The Monterrey Consensus, adopted by the International Conference on Financing for Development, reflects the critical decisions we took, at the highest political level, "to address the challenges of financing for development around the world, particularly in developing countries."
It also includes the objectives we set for this purpose.

Monterrey's distinctive approach of bringing together all parties involved in the financing for development process has made it possible for key cross-sectional issues on trade, finance and development to be addressed comprehensively. The Consensus has thus been widely acclaimed as a new and workable approach to development finance, and an important framework to guide our common efforts at the national, regional, international and systemic levels in this critical area.

H.E. Mr. Julian R. Hunte,
President of the fifty-eighth session
of the General Assembly


30 October 2003 -
Concluding High-level Dialogue, General Assembly hears calls for renewed political will, further action to implement development financing commitments.

Wrapping up the ministerial-level dialogue on development financing, General Assembly President Julian R . Hunte (Saint Lucia ) called on all those committed to sustainable development - to act on and implement the ideas and proposals put forward in the last two days.As the event drew to a close, he summarized the discussions undertaken, highlighting the frank nature of debate and the general consensus that more needed to be accomplished on financing for development, notably with respect to recent disappointing developments in international trade and financial transfers. Among other points emphasized by Mr. Hunte in his concluding remarks were the important role played by regional cooperation in trade issues, concern over the volatility of the commodities market and the exposure of developing country farmers to market vulnerability.

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30 October 2003 -"While the grass is growing the horse is starving". President Julian Hunte (Saint Lucia), President of the General Assembly, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference today that developing countries were bringing pressure to bear on the United States and the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to do something about subsidies and pricing that would have a positive impact on commodities trading.

As part of a partial assessment of the ongoing High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development being held at Headquarters, Mr. Hunte said clearly what was going on with regard to commodity prices could not be allowed to continue. A number of developing countries, including his own, preferred a system where there was trade, rather than aid. In his country, the main crop, bananas, had experienced drastic price fluctuations, and he felt that the current system did not make sense, as it neither encouraged farmers nor allowed for proper budgeting, among a host of other problems.

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President Hunte at today's press conference

President Julian R. Hunte speaks to correspondents today at Headquarters
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30 October 2003 -


The Assembly met in plenary this morning to hear addresses from General Assembly President Julian R. Hunte, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, World Bank President James Wolfensohn, IMF Managing Director Horst Kohler, UNCTAD Secretary-General Rubens Ricupero, UNDP Administrator and UN Development Group Chairman Mark Malloch Brown, Economic and Social Council President Gert Rosenthal and WTO deputy director Francisco Thompson-Flores.

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Mr. James Wolfensohn addresses the Assembly

Mr. James Wolfensohn of the World Bank addresses the Assembly
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President Hunte and Mr. Chen Jian preside over today's meeting

President Hunte and Under-Secretary-General Chen preside over today's meeting
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Mr. Horst Kohler addresses the Assembly

Mr. Horst Kohler, Mananging Director of the International Monetary Fund, addresses the Assembly
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30 October 2003 -

President Julian Hunte chaired an informal interactive dialogue today, on the tasks ahead in implementing the outcomes of Monterrey. On the issue of International assistance, President Hunte underlined that "we already need more aid than has been pledged for delivery by 2006 and we will certainly need very considerable assistance after 2006 and up to 2015, the target year for the Millennium Development Goals, and even beyond. We have seen improvements in the management of aid at source and destination countries and we have begun to see a pragmatic willingness of donors to welcome the aid recipient view into the peer assessments of donor programmes. How can we strengthen such donor/recipient partnerships to make the aid process more effective? How can we convince donor legislators that aid is a good and improving investment to which they should contribute all that is possible?"


Views of today's informal interactive dialogue


Views of today's informal interactive dialogue

Views of today's informal interactive dialogue
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Views of today's informal interactive dialogue



29 October 2003 - General Assembly opens two-day high level dialogue on Implementation of Financing for Development Commitments

Aiming to re-energize the global community's focus on issues relating to trade, aid, debt, investment and the international financial architecture, the General Assembly this morning kicked off its two-day High-level Dialogue for the implementation of the outcome of the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Monterrey, Mexico.

Opening the event, Assembly President Julian R. Hunte (Saint Lucia) emphasized the importance of the present initiative, which must advance the development agenda, and permit the international community to systematically and strategically plan for further effective action, based on the commitments made at Monterrey.

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Mr. Hunte with Heads of the Six Principal Organs of the United Nations

President Hunte with Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Heads of the Principal Organs of the United Nations
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 5443)



29 October 2003 - The heads of the Six Principal Organs of the United Nations (General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice and the Secretariat) held their fifth annual meeting followed by a luncheon hosted by the Secretary-General. The five Presidents and the Secretary-General focused on issues of common concern such as the security of UN staff in conflict areas, revitalization of the work of the Principal Organs, as well as reform of the Organization as a whole. The meeting also discussed matters relating to Iraq, the Middle East, the Millennium Development Goals, and economic development and trade.
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29 October 2003 -

THE ROUND TABLES

The round tables addressed a variety of themes including regional dimensions in implementing the Monterrey Consensus; coherence and consistency of international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development; the link between implementing the objectives of Monterrey and the Millennium Summit; and the link between the Monterrey objectives and the achievement of an equitable global economic system.
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A view of a Conference Room


The overflow conference room where viewers could watch on a split screen four of the simultaneous round tables
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Ministerial Round Table 8
Broad, sustained economic growth key to poverty reduction, achievement of global Development goals, high-level round table told.

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Ministerial Round Table 7
Serious doubt expressed over achievement of internationally agreed development targets.
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Ministerial Round Table 6
Participants explore proposals to attain financing for development target, Millenium Development goals
.
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Ministerial Round Table 5
Bold action required regarding debt relief, trade reforms, access to ressources.
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Ministerial Round Table 4
Round table participants discuss whether current global monetary, financial, trading systems conducive to development.
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Ministerial Round Table 3
Progress in achieving coherence, consistency in international financial trading systems mixed, according to speakers in high-level round table.
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Ministerial Round Table 2
Ressource mobilization, agricultural subsidies, market access among issues raised.
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Ministerial Round Table 1
Implementing Financing for development commitments: the regional dimensions examined.
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28 October 2003 - Speakers in the General Assembly focus on ways to revitalize "lifeless" World Body, strengthen its role and authority.

Amid charges that the main United Nations body for open debate and decision-making had become lifeless, plodding and disconnected from reality, the General Assembly looked inward today during a discussion of overall Organizational reform, which focused on ways to revitalize the Assembly, enhance the Office of its President, and re-evaluate its methods of work.

Stressing that the machinery of the Assembly had become cumbersome and overburdened by an unwieldy agenda and a flood of documentation, several speakers also said the body's working methods were inflexible and failed to address the ever-changing global agenda. Others declared that the United Nations of the twenty-first century must not be constrained by procedures designed for the post-World War II period.

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H.E. Mr. Anthony Severin, Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia, addresses the Assembly

H.E. Mr. Goncalo Aires de Santa Clara, Permanent Representative of Portugal addresses the Assembly

H.E. Mr. Murari Raj Sharma, Permanent Representative of Nepal, addresses the Assembly

Speakers at today's meeting on revitalizing the General Assembly (UN/DPI Photo
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28 October 2003 - The President of the General Assembly chairs informal hearings of Civil Society and Business sector on Financing for Development


"Many, said President Hunte, are looking to the business community to be dependable partners with Governments, making their own essential contribution and giving their active support in this area". Three panels were held under the theme "Business Perspective on the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus: Critical Issues, Success Stories, and Next Steps". The civil society hearings were held around the central theme "Civil Society Perspective on the Status of Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus and Tasks Ahead" with a review of progress and setbacks since Monterrey and discussions on "Strengthening the Role of the United Nations in Democratic Global Governance".



27 October 2003 - Iraq: Hunte condemns attack on Red Cross.


In a meeting with the Representative of the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross to the United Nations, Mr. Georges Paclisanu, the President of the General Assembly, Julian R. Hunte condemned in the strongest terms the bombing of the Red Cross office in Baghdad. President Hunte expressed his condolences for the heavy loss of human lives. The discussion focused on security issues for international humanitarian personnel in Iraq and the measures to be taken by the Red Cross.



President Hunte chairs the Open-ended Panel on commodities

Julian R. Hunte chairs today's meeting (UN/DPI Photo DSC_4192 by Devra Berkowitz)


27 October 2003 - Expert Panel underlines volatility of commodity earnings

"More than one quarter of the United Nations 191 member states rely on commodity exports for more than fifty per cent of their export earnings" noted Julian R. Hunte, while chairing an Open-ended Panel on commodities. This panel, said the President of the General Assembly, " provides the framework in which we may review many of the issues concerning commodities, including dependence, the impact of the free market on that dependence, and the impact of these phenomenon on the natural volatility of commodity earnings due to climate disturbance and production cycles".

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27 October 2003 - President Julian R. Hunte addresses UN reform issues at Opening session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Hearing


President Julian R. Hunte, today in New York, told a meeting of members of parliaments around the world: "The reform we envisage will not change the essential nature of international relations, but, if done well, it can transform the General Assembly into a more viable instrument to secure consensus and to follow-up the implementation of its decisions. We seek, he said, to foster the building of a "global parliament" more efficient in its decision-making process and more capable of taking effective decisions".

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A View of the General Assembly Hall

A view of the General Assembly Hall
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27 October 2003 - "a matter of the highest priority"…

As the Assembly began its discussion of a cluster of reform items, Assembly President Julian Robert Hunte (Saint Lucia), said he considered the issue a matter of the highest priority. Indeed, he had already begun to take practical steps to streamline the Assembly's work and to make better use of the General Committee as a body providing coordination and oversight, advice and support to his office. He went on to say that, as Chairman of the Assembly's Working Group on Revitalization, he had a responsibility and "deep personal commitment", not only to t
he body's reform and strengthening, but to heed the wishes of Member States, who, time and again during the general debate, had stressed that the time had come for the Organization to take action on wide-ranging reform.

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24 - 30 October 2003 - DISARMAMENT WEEK

"It is imperative that Member States take urgent action to halt the illegal trade in small arms, light weapons and landmines."
                                                        - President Julian Hunte


In a statement issued to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the historic First Special Session of the General Assembly on Disarmament, the President of the General Assembly states that " the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, must remain the most urgent priority because of their potentially devastating effect globally. President Hunte also underlined the threats by conventional weapons. " there are at least a half a billion rifles, pistols and other small arms in circulation around the world. Easy access to these weapons as well as the continued production and use of landmines, has shattered lives and ruined economies in particular in the developing world. I appeal to countries to uphold the principles of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). I urge those countries that have not already done so to ratify the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). It is also imperative that Member States take urgent action through legislation or other means to halt the illegal trade in small arms, light weapons and landmines.

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A view of the Assemby during the performance of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

A view of the General Assembly Hall with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
conducted by Pinchas Steinberg
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24 October 2003
UNITED NATIONS DAY


Flag of the United Nations



President and Mrs. Jennifer Hunte

President and Mrs. Jennifer Hunte attend the UN Day Concert (UN/DPI PhotoIMG_0187)


"… we see powerful testament to over half a century of achievements in all spheres of human endeavour."

In a message for United Nations Day, the President of the General Assembly, Julian R. Hunte, celebrated the International Body:

"We can, he says, reflect with pride on the many accomplishments of the United Nations family. It has extended its reach into every corner of the globe, providing critical leadership and partnerships to promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; to fight deadly diseases including HIV/AIDS; to mitigate the plight of the vulnerable groups in society, including refugees, women and children; to advance initiatives for sustainable development, protection of the environment and poverty alleviation; to combat transnational crime and criminality and terrorism; and to help keep the peace."

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Mr. Hunte and Mr. Annan make their way  to the unveiling ceremony

Secretary-General Kofi Annan (right centre) and Julian Hunte (left centre) on UN Day(UN/DPI Photo
UNE 5327 by Mark Garten)


The Security Council Chamber

A wide view of the Security Council
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23 October 2003 - General Assembly elects five new non-permanent members of Security Council

Algeria, Benin, Brazil, the Philippines and Romania were elected today in the General Assembly to become the next five non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The quintet will take up their seats on 1 January, replacing Bulgaria, Cameroon, Guinea, Mexico and Syria, which step down as scheduled at the end of their two-year terms. The new group will serve on the Council until the end of 2005

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Chairman of the Fourth Committee

Enrique Loedel of Uruguay (left), Chairman of the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), at this morning's press briefing
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23 October 2003 - UN committee head calls for continued work on decolonizing last 16 territories

Despite difficulties in implementing proposed solutions for the question of whether the Western Sahara territory should become independent or not, a political solution was still possible, the chairman of the General Assembly's Special Political and Decolonization Committee said today. The Chairman of the 4th Committee was meeting UN correspondents in a series of press briefings initiated by the President of the fifty eighth session of the General Assembly. Acknowledging that he was always optimistic about solutions, Uruguayan representative Enrique Loedel told the press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York: "At each stage in the negotiations of the question of Western Sahara it seemed that a solution was out of reach, but in the end some alternative proposal always came up."

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22 October 2003 - Luncheon for the Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Scholarship Fund Fellows from the UN Correspondent's Association (UNCA)

Julian R. Hunte (fourth from left), President of the fifty-eight session of the General Assembly; Paula Zahn (third from left), News Anchor for CNN, and the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet, Under-Secretary-General Iqbal Riza (third from right), with the UNCA fellows.

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Julian R. Hunte at today's UNCA Luncheon

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21 October 2003 - UN Assembly demands Israel stop work on West Bank wall, urges sides to honour Road Map

The United Nations General Assembly today overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Israel stop and reverse construction of the wall being built in the West Bank. Condemning all acts of violence, terrorism and destruction, the Assembly adopted the measure this evening by a vote of 144 in favour, to 4 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, United States), with 12 abstentions.

Mr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations

Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations at today's session.
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Eskinder Debebe
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An informal view of the Tenth Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly with delegates from the European Union discussing the draft resolution
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Mr. Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

Dan Gillerman, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, at today's session.
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N/DPI Photo UNE 5269 by Eskinder Debebe)
The action came as part of the long-running tenth emergency session on illegal Israeli activities in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied territories, which began in 1997 to debate Israeli actions in the occupied territories. The text, which had been introduced by Italy, on behalf of the European Union, expressed the Assembly's particular concern that the route marked out for the wall under construction by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory could prejudice future negotiations and make the two-State solution physically impossible to implement.

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21 October 2003 - "Taxation is one of the major instruments of domestic resource mobilization". President Julian Hunte chairs Panel Discussion on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

Introducing the panel this morning, he said, "International cooperation in tax matters has commanded the attention of the international community for decades now, but requires further focus in the context of financing for development. At the International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Monterrey, Mexico, in March 2002, heads of State and Government underscored that mobilization of domestic resources is a crucial step, he said, if we are to fulfill internationally agreed development goals, eliminate poverty, improve social conditions and raise the living standards of all our peoples.


Mr. Julian R. Hunte addresses the Assembly

Julian Robert Hunte, President of the fifty eight session of the General Assembly,addresses the General Assembly
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UNE UNE 5352)


21 October 2003 - "Reform, with what purpose?"

In an address to the Women's International Forum, President Julian R. Hunte spoke of the current fervour for United Nations reform. But, said the President of the General Assembly," we must ask ourselves the question: reform, with what purpose? Any reform must, I believe, make the United Nations a more credible, a more representative and a more effective organization. It must be directed towards reaffirming the United Nations relevance as the sole global organization that can take decisions on all issues on the international agenda, including the maintenance of international peace and security.

Reform should ensure that the Organisation can take decisions swiftly and efficiently and that its decisions can and will be fully implemented by member states. Reform should also provide a space for external actors, including NGOs to participate in the Assembly's work.


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President Hunte presides over today's meeting on the debate of the Security Council report

Julian Robert Hunte, President of the fifty eight session of the General Assembly,at today's meeting.
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17 October 2003 - "Widely divergent" views emerge during General Assembly debate on annual Security Council report.

Wrapping up the debate, Assembly President Julian R. Hunte said that there were widely divergent views on the quality and usefulness of the report. The tendency for decision-making to be concentrated among the permanent members was considered to be an undemocratic process, undermining the legitimacy of Council decisions and the authority of Council action. It was emphasised, in that regard, that the views of non-members should be taken into account before the Council makes decisions.


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17 October 2003 - General Assembly President says time to take action to end hunger and eradicate poverty in UN day message.


"It is time for us to take action, to make good our promises and to fulfill our commitments", said General Assembly President Julian Hunte of St. Lucia, in a statement, on the observance of World Food Day and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. "We have a moral obligation, he said, to join the International Alliance against Hunger. Such an alliance of endeavour should ensure the required international commitment to close the gap between rich and poor countries and to eliminate barriers to trade, increase market access and enhance the productive capacity of countries, particularly developing countries".


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16 October 2003 - Bold action by all stakeholders required to move implementation of African Development Initiative forward, General Assembly told
.

As the General Assembly today ended its initial review of progress in implementing a new plan to spur development in Africa, Assembly President Julian R. Hunte underlined the many steps taken by African leaders to accelerate economic growth, promote sustainable development, reduce poverty and improve living standards. In summarising the two-day debate on the New Partnership for Africa's Development, he noted however that despite the progress achieved, much remained to be done in moving forward with the implementation of the New Partnership. The debate had also been devoted, he said to the promotion of lasting peace in Africa, which was the Partnership's major goal.

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President Hunte presides over the NEPAD debate

President Hunte and Ms. Margaret Kelly, Director of General Assembly Affairs & ECOSOC Affairs Division
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Mr. Hunte with young journalists

Julian Robert Hunte (centre) meets with young journalists
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16 October 2003 - Understanding the United Nations.


President Julian R. Hunte, meets with participants of the Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists' Fellowship programme. The 14 young journalists participated in a six week training programme that exposes Broadcasters and Journalists to the work of the UN.

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Chairman of the Second Committee

Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, (Bangladesh), Chairman of the Second Committee
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Economic development must return to centre of UN agenda, panel chair says


14 October - Economic development must be brought back to the centre of the United Nations agenda so as to eliminate such "soft terror" issues as hunger, disease and environmental degradation, the chairman of the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee said today. "Soft terror issues must be addressed since they are a threat to international peace," Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury of Bangladesh said at a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. The Chairman of the Committee was meeting UN correspondents in a series of press briefings initiated by the President of the fifty eighth session of the General Assembly.


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6-10 October 2003 - Caribbean nations review progress on sustainable development in preparation for 2004 international meeting on small island developing states
.

The Presidency of the General Assembly is putting a particular focus on next year's International Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held in Mauritius (August/September 2004). The last of three preparatory regional meetings was held in Trinidad and Tobago from the 6 to the 10 of October. More than 140 representatives including delegates from 21 Caribbean nations drafted a report that reviews achievements and continuing challenges, to put into action the Barbados Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States.

The Programme, adopted in 1994, serves as a blueprint for small island States in pursuing their long-term development .
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President Hunte with Sir Anerood Jugnauth

President Julian R. Hunte meeting the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth at UN Headquarters in New York. Mauritius will host the forthcoming conference on Small Developing States in 2004.
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Chairman of the First Committee

Ambassador Jarmo Sareva (Finland), Chairman of the First Committee
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10 October 2003: UN disarmament panel chairman says body concerned about multilateralism

Diplomats in the United Nations General Assembly's disarmament committee have expressed grave concern about the future of multilateralism, especially in the context of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation, the panel's chairman said. Many speakers during the First Committee's general debate had described major setbacks on the major multilateral disarmament and arms control accords, Jarmo Sareva, the Finnish Ambassador, told a press briefing on Thursday. Press briefings by the chairman of each committee are an initiative of the Presidency of the General Assembly.

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9 October 2003: Incessant calls made for developed countries to meet their commitments in aid, trade and debt relief.
The General Assembly ends a joint debate on the Follow up to the Millenium Summit and on the Work of the Organisation. Summarising the debate, President Hunte notes:
On peace and security

"Multilateralism was cited as the most efficient weapon in the fight against terrorism. As with the approach to new and existing threats to international peace and security, it was the generally held view that the development of a long-term anti-terrorism strategy must be in strict conformity with the basic principles of the United Nations, including full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and international law"

United Nations General Assembly


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On the Millenium Developments goals

Incessant calls were made for developed countries to meet the commitments they have made, particularly in the area of official development assistance (ODA). Before us for urgent consideration and action is the suggestion that donor countries work toward an agreement among themselves on a set of deadlines for more equitable trade, debt relief and to meet their official development assistance commitments, in order to achieve the eighth Millennium Developments Goals


9 October 2003 - Bilateral meeting:


President Julian Hunte meets with minister of Labour U WinnTin and special envoys of the Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar.


Third Committee Youth
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8 October 2003

President Julian Hunte meets a delegation of youth representatives from the Third Committee


Listen to President Hunte's press conference

Julian Hunte briefing journalists
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7 October 2003: General Assembly President gives top priority this session to UN reform


The General Assembly's annual top-level debate, which ended last week, has spotlighted United Nations reform as a high-priority item for the world's political leaders, Assembly President Julian Hunte said today, adding that he intends to invite comments on "some bold ideas" over the next two months. Institutional reform covered two issues, he told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. They were reform of the Security Council, where five permanent members - China, France, the Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States - wield veto power, and the revitalization of the 191-member General Assembly. FULL STORY>>   Video of press conference


President Hunte with Director General Rogelio Pfirter of OPCW

Mr. Hunte meets with Director General Rogelio Pfirter of OPCW
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7 October 2003 - Bilateral meetings:

President Julian Hunte meets with Ambassador Abdallah Baali of Algeria, with the Charge d'Affaires of Thailand, Mr. Pravit Chaimongkol and with Director General Rogelio Pfirter of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.


3 October 2003 - Bilateral meeting:


The President of the General Assembly meets with the Permanent Representative of Grenada, H.E. Dr. Samuel Stanislaus.


2 October 2003 - Resounding support for multilateralism from world leaders as General Assembly concludes annual high level debate.


Wrapping up the debate, Assembly President Julian Robert Hunte of Saint Lucia said a total of 189 delegations addressed the debate, including 50 Heads of States, 27 heads of government, four Vice-Presidents, and 94 Deputy Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers. He summarized the main trends of the annual high-level Debate "There was resounding support for multilateralism and reaffirmation of the United Nations as the primary international organisation to address critical global problems. The central role of the General Assembly as advocate, supervisory and policy-making body was a point consistently made. However, continuing revitalisation efforts were urged, to permit the Assembly to deal effectively with challenges, both old and new".
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Close of the General Debate

The General Debate comes to a close.
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Mr. Hunte meets Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kalipate Tavola

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Fiji, H.E. Mr. Kaliopate Tavola with President Julian R. Hunte.
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 4820)

2 October 2003 - Bilateral meetings:

H.E. Mr. Julian R. Hunte, President of the 58th session of the General Assembly, meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Suriname, H.E. Mrs. Marie Levens, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Fiji, H.E. Mr. Kaliopate Tavola (photo), with the Permanent Representative of Uruguay, H.E. Mr. Felipe Paolillo and with the Permanent Representative of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Nasser Al-Kidwa.


1 October 2003 -


"Let us now reaffirm our commitment to embrace older persons as a most cherished resource, with an essential contribution to make to social, economic and cultural development. Let us undertake to work with them to tap their wisdom, experience and skills in the building of our communities and societies", President Julian R. Hunte sends a message for the International Day of Older Persons.

1 October 2003 - Bilateral meetings:

Mr. Julian R. Hunte, President of the 58th session of the General Assembly, meets with H.E. Mr. Mohamed Benaissa, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco and Mr. Hidipo Hamutenya, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Namibia.


Mr. Hunte with Mr. Hamutenya of Namibia

President Julian Hunte meets with Mr. Hidipo Hamutenya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 4727
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SEPTEMBER 2003


30 September 2003 - General Assembly hears calls for multilateral approach as most effective way to combat terrorism, achieve development


With international affairs now being driven by unbridled globalization, the notion of human security was no longer limited to political and military concerns -- transnational crime, economic stagnation, and the spread of pandemics also impacted peace and security and therefore demanded collective action from rich and poor countries alike, according to world leaders addressing the United Nations General Assembly today.
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President Hunte meets with the President  Natsagiin  Bagabandi of Mongolia

H. E. Mr. Julian R. Hunte with H.E. President Natsagiin Bagabandi of Mongolia
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 4694)


30 September 2003 - Bilateral meetings:


President Julian R. Hunte outlined his main agenda for the Fifty-eight Session of the General Assembly: Development, UN Reform and Peace and Security in a meeting with the President of Mongolia, H. E. Mr. Natsagiin Bagabandi. (Photo) He also met with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. M.Morshed Khan who said that developing countries are excited about St. Lucia's leadership this year. President Hunte also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, H.E. Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sao Tome and Principe, H.E. Mr. Mateus Rita.


29 September 2003 - General Debate: Expressing concern at stalled Middle East Peace process, speakers in General Assembly call for resumption of dialogue, implementation of Road Map.


In wake of the diplomatic Quartet's high-level meeting at United Nations Headquarters on Friday, 26 September, several speakers in the General Assembly today stressed the importance of resuming negotiations for the implementation of the "Road Map" peace plan. As the Assembly, chaired by President Julian R. Hunte, entered the second week of its general debate, Israel was urged to show its commitment to a peaceful settlement.
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29 September 2003 - Bilateral meetings:


President Julian R. Hunte discusses with the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H. E. Mr. Dragan Covic and with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr.Simeon Saxe-Coburg, some priority issues for the 58th session in particular the reform of the Security Council and the revitalization of the General Assembly. While peace and security remain high on the agenda, President Hunte also stresses the need to bring development back in focus in meetings with the Foreign Minister of Liechtenstein, H.E. Dr. Ernst Walch, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Yemen H.E Dr. Abubakr Al Qirbi, with the Minister of Cape Verde, H.E. Mrs. Maria de Fatima Lima Weiga (Photo).He also discusses his plans for the 58th session with particular focus on development issues with the Vice Minister of Economic Affairs and International Cooperation of Mexico, Mrs. Lourdes Dieck (Photo), who assures him of the support of her country for the High Level Conference on Financing for Development, scheduled for 29-30 October, a priority of the Presidency. In a meeting with President Hunte, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, H.E. Mr. Godfrey Smith brings up his country's ongoing border dispute with Guatemala. The President of the Assembly pledges to use his good offices in favour of a solution of compromise.

               

H.E. Mr. Julian R. Hunte, President of the 58th session of the General Assembly with H.E. Mrs. Lourdes Dieck, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs and International Cooperation of Mexico(left), and the Minister of Cape Verde,H.E. Mrs. Maria de Fatima Lima Weiga. (UN/DPI Photo UNE 4626 and UNE 4624, respectively)


29 September 2003 - Concerns of small countries highlighted as General Assembly concludes first week of high-level debate.


Amid fresh calls for radical United Nations reform, delegations today urged the world body's 191-Member General Assembly not to ignore crippling debt, protectionist trade barriers, and the insidious spre ad of HIV/AIDS and other diseases -- all core concerns of developing countries. As the fifty-eighth General Assembly wrapped up the first week of its general debate today, 27 presidents and top ministers from the developing world - small island developing States, landlocked countries and nations with economies in transition - stressed the challenges they faced in the hope that a revitalized United Nations would be better prepared to address modern realities.
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Prime Minister Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia addresses the General Assembly

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia
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26 September 2003 -


Greece introduces the traditional Olympics resolution into the United Nations General Assembly calling for a truce during next year's summer games in Athens. The resolution on "Building a Peaceful and Better World through Sport and the Olympic Ideal" is scheduled for adoption by the General Assembly in early November. The games will be held from 13 to 29 August. (Click here or on image to enlarge)


Reception photo

Group photo at the reception, with President Hunte (third from left), Mrs. Jennifer Hunte (second from left), Secretary-General Kofi Annan (centre) with Nane Annan (right next to Secretary-General). (UN Photo UNE 4585 by Stephenie Hollyman)



26 September 2003 - Bilateral meetings:


H.E. Julian R.Hunte, President of the fifty eighth session of the General Assembly meets the President of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide. They discuss regional issues and the role CARICOM can continue to play in the political situation in Haiti. The President of the General Assembly talks of Security Council reforms with the Foreign Minister of Austria, Mrs. Benita Ferrero Waldner who feels that the European Union should have a seat at the Security Council. President Hunte also meets with the Foreign Minister of China, H.E. Mr. Zhaoxing Li, who emphasizes his country's commitment to multilateralism and the necessity to implement the Millennium Development Goals. China plans to submit a draft resolution concerning cooperation on health issues and asked for the President's support. President Hunte also meets with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Dy Nien, of Peru, H.E. Mr. Allan Wagner Tizon, of Bulgaria H.E. Mr. Solomon Passy, and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia H.E. Dr Hassan Wirajuda . He also discusses trade and development issues with the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Mr. Carlos Fortin.


Mr. Hunte meets with Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Prime Minister of Malaysia

President Hunte meets with Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Prime Minister of Malaysia (UN/DPI Photo UNE 4437)

25 September 2003 - Bilateral Meetings:

The President of the General Assembly meets with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahatthir Mohamad, presently chairing the Non Aligned Movement. The exchange focuses on the common concerns of the Movement and of the Presidency of the Assembly with a number of economic issues, the impact of globalization on third world economies, the questions of commodities and non-tariff barriers to trade. The Prime Minister underlines the importance of UN reforms and offers the assistance of NAM in bringing development issues to the forefront.


25 September 2003 - Bilateral Meetings:


The President of the General Assembly meets with the Prime Minister of Malta Dr Edward Fenech-Adami and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Joe Borg. He meets also with the Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain, H.E. Shaikh Mohamed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.


24 September 2003: Bilateral meetings:


The President of the General Assembly discusses with the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jungnauth the upcoming SIDS+10 Conference that will evaluate the progress made by Small Island Developing States in the last decade. Mauritius will be, in August 2004, host of the Conference. President Julian Hunte also meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, H.E. Mr. Dimitri Rupel, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, H.E. Mr. Mircea Geoana, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Mr. Yoon Young-Kwan. He also discusses development issues with the Director of the Food and Agricultural Organization, Mrs. Florence Chenoweth.

24 September 2003. The primacy of the United Nations, Security Council reform, terrorism, poverty and development continue to dominate the General Assembly on the second day of its annual high-level meeting as Heads of State and Government mount the rostrum to address the 191-member body's general debate.

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Preparing the Plenary: President Hunte with Chef de Cabinet, Ambassador Missouri Sherman-Peter and Ms. Margaret Kelly, Director of General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division
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23 September 2003 - Opening General Debate, General Assembly hears call for radical change, to address threats of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction


"Heads of State and Governments must bring new dynamism to the General Assembly this session. The political direction they will provide will be key to enabling the Assembly to effectively address critical issues such as sustainable development, poverty alleviation, violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, terrorism and United Nations reform. This is the direction we need "
(SEE THE FULL STATEMENT). President Hunte opens the General Debate.

"We have come to a fork in the road", Secretary General Koffi Annan told world leaders gathered in New York for the opening of the 2003 General Assembly. This was perhaps the most decisive moment in the United Nations 58-year history, and the time was ripe for a "hard look at fundamental policy issues", he added.
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President Hunte meets with President Bush

President Hunte meets with President of the USA, George W. Bush
(UN/DPI Photo
UNE 4291)


At the podium from left to right, Secretary
General Kofi Annan, President Julian R.Hunte, and Under-secretary General Chen Jian
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 3953)
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President Hunte meets with President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva

President Hunte meets withLuiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, President of Brazil
(UN/DPI Photo
UNE 4292)



23 September 2003 - Bilateral meeting:


President Julian R. Hunte meets with President George W. Bush of the United States in a continuing series of bilateral meetings with world leaders on the margins of the General Assembly's annual high-level debate. President Bush underlines some issues that would be important to the United States during the 58th session, in particular the war on terrorism; non-proliferation and fighting modern day slavery, particularly the use of women and children as sex slaves. (see photo above/ left)


23 September 2003 - Bilateral meeting:

Discussing the role of a strengthened General Assembly, the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, emphasizes that such a truly representative body should be better utilized to find political solutions to the world's problems. President Lula da Silva stresses that the role of leadership that the President of the Assembly provides is critical, and he assures President Julian Hunte, of his support in that regard. (see photo above/ right)


23 September 2003 - Bilateral meetings:

President Julian R. Hunte discusses UN reform and development issues with the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, H.E. Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah. He also meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Ms Yoriko Kawaguchi, and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, H.E. Ms Ana Palacio.


22 September 2003 - High-level plenary meeting on HIV/AIDS : General Assembly President calls on member states to reaffirm pledge, halt and reverse HIV/AIDS pandemic

The United Nations General Assembly convenes a high-level meeting to discuss a progress report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS, two years after Member States agreed to a time-bound set of targets to roll back the disease. One hundred thirty-six speakers, among them nineteen heads of state participate in the one-day high-level plenary. Assembly President Julian R. Hunte calls on UN Member States to reaffirm their pledge to halt and reverse the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Stressing that HIV/AIDS is much more than a public health problem and impacts virtually every aspect of human endeavour, Mr. Hunte also urges interventions that "go hand in hand with policies that address poverty, socio-economic development, human welfare and social cohesion."

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John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana, addresses the Assembly

John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana addresses the General Assembly. Behind him are Secretary General Koffi Annan, President Julian R. Hunte and Under-Secretary-General Chen Jian (UN/DPI Photo
UNE 4094)

President of the fifty-eight session of the General Assembly and UN Secretary General Koffi Annan

Julian R. Hunte, President of the fifty-eight session of the General Assembly and UN Secretary General Koffi Annan co-chairing an informal panel discussion on the progress made and the key challenges facing governments in the fight against HIV/AIDS (UN/DPI Photo UNE 4160)

Archbishop Desmund Tutu of South Africa, Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados and President Julian R. Hunte

Participants in the discussions on HIV/AIDS: Archbishop Desmund Tutu of South Africa, Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados and President Julian R. Hunte (UN/DPI Photo UNE 4086)


22 September 2003 -

The President of the Assembly Julian R. Hunte expresses his grave concern about the situation in Iraq and the security conditions for UN personnel, after the second attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad today, less than a month after the August 19 bombing in which 22 people had been killed. He emphasizes that the United Nations has set about doing important humanitarian work in Iraq, to bring relief to the beleaguered people of that country and calls on all member states to reaffirm their support to this essential work.


22 September 2003 - Bilateral meetings:

President Julian R. Hunte meets with H.E. Habib Ben Yahia, Foreign Minister of Tunisia, and with H.E. Mr. Brian Cowen, Foreign Minister of Ireland. He also discusses the work of the Red Cross with Mr. Encho Gospodinov, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross.


21 September 2003 -


" the price of war has consistently proved to be higher than the cost of peace." President Julian R.Hunte is the guest speaker at the Sunday mass in the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York.

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Vote on the resolution during tenth special emergency session on the situation in the Middle East

General Assembly votes on resolution
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 4051)

19 September 2003 -

The United Nations General Assembly resumes its tenth special emergency session on the situation in the Middle East. Arab and Non-Aligned Movement states request the special session in letters to the President of the Assembly to circumvent a United States veto earlier in the week, in the Security Council. Today's resolution approved by 133 votes with four against and 15 abstentions demands that Israel not deport or threaten the safety of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and "the complete cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terrorism, provocation, incitement and destruction". It expresses full support for the Road Map peace plan.


19 September 2003 - International Day of Peace

"I wish that the message we ring out on the peace bell today could be a message of hope to all the people of the world that we have brought an end to conflict and war, poverty and deprivation, and deadly disease. I wish that the message could be that there is economic justice, respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law."(See full statement). The President of the General Assembly participates in the International Day of Peace observance at the United Nations,

President Hunte, Gilberto Gil and Mr. Kofi Annan

President Julian Hunte with Messenger of Peace Mohamed Ali, the Minister of culture of Brazil, Gilberto Gil and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Koffi Annan.
(UN/DPI UNE 4028 by Mark Garten)

with Secretary-General Koffi Annan, Messengers of Peace - Muhammad Ali, Anna Cataldi, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall and Elie Wiesel. 400 students from more than 30 countries carry the flags of member states. A delegation of school children from St Lucia in national costumes accompanies the President of the Assembly, who is also from the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

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Peace Bell Ceremony

The President of the fifty-eighth session of the General Assembly, speaking at the Peace Bell Ceremony. Next to Julian R Hunte is UN Secretary General Koffi Annan
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 4039 by Mark Garten)



16 September 2003 - The new President of the General Assembly Julian R. Hunte (St. Lucia) opens the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly.


"We must reaffirm the central role of the United Nations, the most important multilateral organisation ever established, and which has stood the test of time. We must uphold the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law. We must reassert the authority of the General Assembly as the sole universal organ charged under the Charter with important supervisory and policy making responsibilities." The new President of the General Assembly Julian R. Hunte (St Lucia) addresses the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly. "I am confident, he says, that together we can accomplish much during the Fifty-eighth Session. To do so, however, requires us to choose principle over expediency, precision over ambiguity, objectivity over bias, and creative thinking over inflexibility. Above all, we need action over inaction. We must ensure that the policies we pursue during this General Assembly serve not only our national and regional interests, but also the interest of all the world's people.

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Opening of the 58th session of the General Assembly

Opening of the General Assembly
(UN/DPI Photo UNE 3960-
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11 September 2003 -


At an Interfaith service of Commitment to the United Nations, at St Bartholomew's church in New York, President Elect Julian R. Hunte spoke of the role of the United Nations today "In these difficult and challenging times, the United Nations is a beacon of hope for better health, better education, the promotion of development, the alleviation of poverty and the maintenance of international peace and security, for people the world over."

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4 September 2003 -

"The General Assembly is the United Nations only universal organ: the only United Nations organ in which small states, like large states, are full and equal members. It is the world's most important deliberative forum, and as such, critical for initiating global action and the resolution of global problems ".Senator Julian Hunte, President elect of the 58th session of the General Assembly addresses the Forum of Small States in New York.

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19 August 2003 -


While on a State visit to China, President-elect Julian Hunte expresses his deep concern for the loss of life and injuries caused by the explosion that day at UN Headquarters in Baghdad. He says he is appalled by the wanton destruction and calls the explosion a reprehensible and cowardly act.


6 June 2003 -

The General Assembly elects Julian Hunte, Minister of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation of St Lucia, as the President of its fifty-eighth session. Following his election, Mr. Hunte said it was notable that the presidency of "this singularly important world body" would pass to a representative of the smallest country ever to hold that office. Thus would the United Nations reaffirm its faith in the equal right of nations large and small, as enunciated in the Charter.He said it was his intention, as President," to focus the Assembly's efforts on the full implementation of the outcomes of more than a decade of United Nations summits and conferences and the United Nations development agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals. For unless we address critical and pressing issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, the environment and the vulnerability of small States with deeds, and not just words, global stability will be a desired, but ever elusive ideal, and safety and security will remain imperiled."

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