NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 12 March 2010
President Treki meets President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea
Today in Seoul, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with H.E. Lee Myung-bak, President of the Republic of Korea.
The meeting addressed the presidency of the Republic of Korea of the Group of 20 (G-20) and the preparations for United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit) that will take place from 20 to 22 September 2010 at the General Assembly, in addition to the recent natural disasters in Haiti and Chile, as well as climate change and other issues on the agenda of the General Assembly.
Dr. Treki expressed his appreciation to the role the Republic of Korea plays in supporting the work of the United Nations and in particular that of the General Assembly.
On the Chairmanship of the Republic of Korea to the G-20, President Lee assured Dr. Treki that his country will ensure that the November 2010 Summit of the Group address the concerns of the developing world, in particular the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on their economies. Dr. Treki underlined the need to involve the entire membership of the General Assembly in this regard, highlighting the concerns of developing countries regarding the global economic and financial situation. In this context, Dr. Treki extended an invitation to President Lee to address a meeting of the General Assembly in his capacity as the chair of the G-20 Summit.
Both parties expressed the need to strengthen multilateralism and the importance of formulating collective responses to the global challenges facing the world. They highlighted the importance of ensuring the success of the upcoming meeting in Mexico on climate change.
On United Nations reform, both Presidents agreed that there is a need to strengthen the Organization in all areas, and to exert all efforts to build consensus around the various initiatives of reform and to reflect the interests of the various stakeholders.
Dr. Treki briefed President Lee on the various meetings to be organized in the General Assembly in the coming months. He referred to the upcoming thematic debates on issues such as Water, Financing for Development, Disarmament and Non-proliferation; Dialogue among civilizations; peacekeeping as well as on the situation in the Middle East.
President Lee assured Dr. Treki of the support of Republic of Korea to the work of the General Assembly and the efforts to strengthen the United Nations.
President Treki meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
In Seoul, Dr. Treki also met with H.E. Mr. Yu Myung-hwan, Minister of Foreign affairs and Trade. They exchanged views on a wide range of issues on the agenda of the UN, including the efforts to reform and strengthen the UN, Climate change, the preparations for the MDG Summit, disarmament and non-proliferation issues as well as the situation in the Korean peninsula and in the Middle East.
On Security Council reform, Foreign Minister Yu expressed his appreciation to the transparent and inclusive manner in which Dr. Treki is leading the process of the intergovernmental negotiations in the General Assembly. Dr. Treki informed Mr. Yu that he received numerous inputs from Member States, including from the Republic of Korea, on their respective positions regarding this very important issue. He indicated that although there is a wide support for the need to reform the Security Council, positions remains far apart.
Foreign Minister Yu voiced support for the initiatives of the President of the General Assembly to hold high level thematic debates on issues of importance to the international community. They agreed to further the cause of multilateralism and pursuing collective solutions to the various global problems.
Dr. Treki expressed his appreciation to the role played by the Republic of Korea in supporting the United Nations and paid tribute to the role of the Secretary-General, a national of the Republic of Korea, in strengthening the Organization.
President Treki meets with H.E. Kim Hyung-oh, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.
Today in Seoul, President Treki also met with H.E. Kim Hyung-oh, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. They discussed important issues on the agenda of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly. President Treki underlined to the important role played by parliamentarians in advancing the issues on the agenda of the United Nations. He praised the role of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in this context. He stressed the need to further enhance the relationship between the parliamentarians and the UN. In this context, he extended an invitation to the Speaker of the National Assembly and a delegation of the Republic of Korea to visit the General Assembly.
The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee, Vice President and Executive Member of the IPU.
President of the General Assembly meetings on 11 March
Yesterday in Seoul, the President of the General Assembly met with Dr. Sagong Il, Chairman of the G20 Summit Korea Coordination Committee. They exchanged views on the outreach efforts by the Republic of Korea to the countries not members of the G-20.
President Treki also met with H.E. Dr. Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister and President of the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly.