President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Attend the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA
PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal Arroyo leaves today to participate in the 63rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. While the trip was initially cancelled, President Arroyo decided to push through not only because she is confident of the peace and stability in the country while she is away, but also she hopes to dialogue with other world leaders in addressing urgent global issues.
At the top of the list of discussion topics in the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly is the continuing global poverty and hunger situation. Government leaders will also take stock of the progress of the various nations in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
President Arroyo is scheduled to speak before the General Assembly. In her address, she is expected to highlight the progress of the country in achieving the MDGs and in promoting cooperation and democracy in the Asia-Pacific region. She will also reaffirm the country's commitment to contribute to addressing global concerns.
President Arroyo will take the occasion to talk about two major international initiatives of the Philippines, namely, the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD2) to be held in Manila next month, and the Special Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting on interfaith dialogue and cooperation for peace and development also scheduled in Manila in May, 2009. …