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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with Senators of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee of the Government of France

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 21 October 2013

Johen w. Ashe with Christian CambonThe President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, met today with Senators of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee of the Government of France. Discussions covered a range of issues including sustainable development, the environment, and security related challenges facing the world today. The Senators noted France’s role in advancing the global dialogue on and promoting global responses to such challenges.

President Ashe pointed out that France, as host of the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21), will have a critical role in forging a global consensus on a new comprehensive climate change regime. The President suggested that legislators can have an active role in the post-2015 process and recalled the forthcoming Annual Parliamentary Hearing convened by the Inter Parliamentary Union to be held in New York in November, which will be focused on Re-thinking sustainable development: the quest for a "transformational" global agenda in 2015.

The President and the Senators discussed prospects for the Geneva II Conference and exchanged views on Security Council Reform. President Ashe noted that France’s leadership will also be important in the broader discussion of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

John W. Ashe (left) President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly meeting with Mr. Christian Cambon, Senator of Val-de-Marne and Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee. Photo/Afaf Konja