STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On meeting the Minister for Africa of the United Kingdom

United Nations General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim met today with H.E. Lord Mark Malloch Brown the Minister for Africa, Asia and the United Nations of the United Kingdom. The Minister expressed appreciation for the active role the General Assembly and the President has taken in issues that are of particular interest to his Government such as the Millennium Development Goals, Security Council reform and the overall reform of the United Nations.

The President on his part highlighted the strong development agenda of the sixty-second session with a focus on climate change, the MDGs and Financing for Development. He gave a brief overview of the recent thematic debate of the General Assembly on recommitment to the MDGs. Both of them agreed that the upcoming September MDGs leader’s summit must be well prepared to lead to meaningful dialogue and results.

The President briefed the Minister on preparations for the end-November review conference on the Monterrey Consensus on Financing for Development and also gave a short overview of the current efforts to advance on Security Council reform.

                                                                   New York
                                                            17 April 2008

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