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NYPM 06-2010

20 SEPTEMBER 2010

PRESIDENT AQUINO TO CALL FOR STRENGTHENED INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AMIDST GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

20 September 2010 – As the international community continues to battle with global challenges such as climate change and pandemics, President Benigno S. Aquino III will call on nations to further strengthen coordination and cooperation at the 65 th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York this week.

President Aquino will arrive in New York today for a week-long visit to the United States where he will deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly and meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In his statement, the President will stress that the solution to pressing global problems lies in nations working together, consistent with the United Nations principle of collective action.

President Aquino will discuss the Philippine commitment and achievements to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), express support for the UN's peacekeeping missions and its initiatives to implement the outcomes of the successful 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) last May during his meeting with Secretary-General Ban.

At the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, President Aquino will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

President Aquino will also play a key role in the second ASEAN-U.S. Leaders Meeting as the Philippines currently serves as Country Coordinator for ASEAN-U.S Dialogue.

The said meeting is the venue for the highest level of dialogue between the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States. It aims to discuss further cooperation between ASEAN and the U.S. in the areas of regional security, environment, and development.

Together with United States President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet, President Aquino will give a press conference to the international media immediately after the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Filipino Community in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts will have an opportunity to meet with President Aquino at the Baruch College in New York. There are some 300,000 Filipinos living and working in the Northeast.

Finally, part of the President’s visit is a business mission which includes meetings heads of major business corporations in the United States including Citibank and JP Morgan Chase & Co. 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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