Aquino's UN address to stress global cooperation vs climate change

September 22, 2010 10:09 am 

MANILA, Sept. 21 — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will stress cooperation in solving global problems such as climate change, consistent with the UN principle of collective action, when he addresses the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 24.

Pres. Aquino has arrived in New York in his first foreign trip as Philippine Head of State. The UNGA appearance and his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlights his week-long US activities.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Mr. Aquino’s meeting with Ban will revolved around the Philippines’ achievements toward meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by its 2015 deadline, Philippine 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 last May.

Also on September 24, the President will help lead discussions in the second ASEAN-US Leaders Meeting in New York, which US President Barack Obama will also attend. However, there will be no one-on-one between the two. The Philippines is the current country-coordinator of ASEAN-US Dialogue.

After the ASEAN-US Meeting, Pres. Aquino will be at a press conference with Obama and Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet, host of the forthcoming ASEAN Summit in Hanoi.

Aside from bilateral meetings with his counterparts in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, Pres. Aquino will also meet with Filipino residents of the US Northeast, home to about 300,000 Filipinos from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

One of his strong supporters in the area is Filipino-American businesswoman, Atty. Loida Nicolas-Lewis. (PNA)

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