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NYPM 05-2010

15 SEPTEMBER 2010

65th UNGA Session Opens; President Aquino to address General Assembly

NEW YORK 15 Sep 2010 The United Nations opened the 65th session of its
General Assembly (UNGA) this week with the world's leaders, including
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, expected to participate actively in
the discussion of vital global, regional and national concerns at the
UNGA's General Debate next week.

This year, sustained economic growth and sustainable development top the
preliminary agenda for the debate, two key focus areas of President
Aquino's platform of government.

President Aquino's participation in the United Nations General Assembly
general debate marks his first overseas visit, one that underscores the
Philippines' interests in the international community as well priorities
in his national development agenda.

Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran
Cabactulan said in a statement that the 65th session of the UN General
Assembly is "most timely and opportune," particularly in the context of a
globalized world where "the concerns of nations have become even more
intertwined and the solutions thereto require increasingly concerted and
unified action."

Other preliminary agenda topics for the debate include: a review of UN
peacekeeping operations, UN efficiency and the Middle East security
situation, all issues in which the Philippines has a vital stake in.

"The impact of this new reality cannot be overstated for the Philippines
whose estimated 10 million nationals are beyond our nation's borders,"
added Permanent Representative Cabactulan in the statement.

The Philippines, a founding member of the United Nations, has more than
1,000 peacekeepers in eight of 16 UN missions throughout the world.   A
founding member of the UN, the Philippines has likewise supported efforts
to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the UN and its offices.

Permanent Representative Cabactulan pointed out that, "On this truly
global platform, the Philippines can reinvigorate long-standing
partnerships, forge new friendships and explore opportunities for
intensified cooperation.  More importantly, the Philippines can draw
attention to pressing concerns and identify ways by which galvanized
international support can address existing and emerging issues."

Permanent Representative Cabactulan emphasized, "President Aquino's vision
for further strengthening our democracy, institutionalizing good
governance, combating poverty, establishing just and lasting peace, and
securing the safety of our nationals abroad takes on a deeper and broader
relevance in the context of global affairs and our relations with the
world."

The 65th Session of the UNGA will be presided by Switzerland's Joseph
Deiss.  General debate runs from September 23 t0 25 and September 27 to
30.

The United Nations launched its World Economic and Social Survey 2010 in
June. Called "Retooling Global Development," it notes that the 2008/9
global economic crisis exposed systematic failures in the workings of
today's financial markets and major deficiencies at the core of economic
policy-making. The survey emphasized on the need to have major reforms in
global economic governance and new thinking about global economic
development. END

 


Reference:

Robert E.A. Borje
Third Secretary
Philippine Mission to the United Nations
556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Telephone No. 212.764.1300 ext. 23



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