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16 JULY 2008
FILIPINO DIPLOMAT ELECTED CHAIR OF NAM COMMITTEE
NEW YORK—The Philippines will play an important role in the ministerial meeting later this month of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) with the election of a Filipino diplomat as chair of one of the preparatory committees, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations reported today.
In his report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, was elected by acclamation as chair of the Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) of the Senior Officials Meeting preparatory to the 15th NAM Ministerial Conference in Tehran.
Ambassador Davide said that as chairman, Ambassador Gatan will steer the meetings of the ECOSOC Committee to thresh out pending issues that were not resolved by NAM members in New York such as human rights, economic cooperation and other social and economic concerns.
The Philippine Delegation to the NAM Senior Officials Meeting on 27-28 July will be led by Assistant Secretary Evan Garcia of the Office of United Nations and Other International Organizations (UNIO) of the Department of Foreign Affairs while the Philippine Delegation to the Ministerial Conference on 29-30 July will be led by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Special Concerns Rafael Seguis.
The triennial ministerial meeting consolidates the positions of the 118 member-countries on almost all issues being considered by the United Nations and the other organs of the UN such as the General Assembly, the Security Council and the ECOSOC.
"The most important initiative of the Philippine Delegation to Tehran is seeking the approval of the NAM Ministers of the offer of the Philippines to host in Manila a Special NAM Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace," Ambassador Davide said.
The Philippines, which has been at the forefront of the interfaith initiative in the United Nations, will propose in Tehran that the meeting be held on 26-28 May 2009.
According to Ambassador Davide, the NAM 14th Summit in Havana in September has already approved in principle the offer of the Philippines to host this meeting. END
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