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His Excellency Lyonchen Jigmi Y. Thinley and High Level Delegation attend the 63rd United Nations General Assembly

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:00

His Excellency Lyonchen Jigmi Y. Thinley accompanied by the Foreign Minister, the Chairman of Foreign Relations, the Cabinet Secretary, the GNHC Secretary, and officials from the Permanent Mission of Bhutan to the United Nations are attending the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly [UNGA] in New York.

This year, more than 126 countries including Bhutan are being represented at the level of Heads of States and Head of Governments in the UNGA. Other countires are also being represented by their Foreign Ministers and other senior officials. The UNGA has become the largest gathering of world leaders at any given time.

The theme of the general debate of the 63rd session (23 September - 1st October) is "The impact of the global food crisis on poverty and hunger in the world as well as the need to democratize the United Nations."

On 25th September, the UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly convened a High-level Event on the Millennium Development Goals as a forum for world leaders to review progress, identify gaps, and commit to concrete efforts, resources and mechanisms to bridge the gaps. The Event consists of the opening segment and 3 Round Table discussions on Poverty and Hunger, Education and Health, and  Environment Sustainability.

The 63rd Session of the General Assembly will also hold two days of high-level plenary meetings devoted to the midterm review of the Almaty Programme of Action, and will be chaired by the President of the Assembly.

The Almaty Programme Midterm Review process is expected to provide a unique opportunity to the international community to make the assessment of the progress made in establishing efficient transit transport systems in the landlocked regions around the world.

It is also expected that member states will agree on what needs to be done to further stimulate global partnerships to assist landlocked and transit developing countries to effectively implement the Almaty Programme of Action.

Lyonchen Jigmi Y. Thinley will be addressing the General Assembly on the morning of Friday, 26th September.

The President of the 63rd General Assembly, Miguel D'escoto Brockmann, has called for Member States to work through concrete action in meeting the great scale of interrelated crises facing the world today, and has stressed the need for the General Assembly to undergo a "revitalization" process to strengthen the ability of the Assembly to advance its work on major global challenges.

The United Nations' is the only international organisation in the world today that has global representation with the primary purpose of eliminating war, achieving disarmament and ensuring international security, meeting the pressing and man-made problems of climate change, humanitarian aid, gender inequality, and alleviating the hunger and poverty in which half the world are living.