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15/09/2010: 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 to 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

News Release from Philippine Mission in New York