Estrada Leaves for UN Summit

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President Estrada and his delegation left last night for a 10-day visit in the United States highlighted by his attendance at the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York City.

Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora said all government departments and agencies will be running smoothly in the absence of President Estrada.

He said the Office of the President Executive Committee which he heads, along with Vice President and Social Welfare Secretary Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, will be meeting almost daily.

"Officials such as the secretaries of National Defense, Interior and Local Government, and Justice will stay here," he said in a series of radio interviews, adding that they may have to forego their commitments in the provinces.

The UN Millennium Summit in New York City has been described as the "largest-ever gathering of world leaders" with at least 150 heads of state and government.

After the summit, the President will visit San Francisco, Chicago, and Honolulu as part of his diplomatic and trade mission. He is expected to meet with American businessmen and Filipino leaders there.

In his US visit, Mr. Estrada will have the chance to meet with other world leaders, including heads of the Organization of Islamic Conference and US President Bill Clinton whom he met during his working visit to the US last July. (Ferdie J. Maglalang)

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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - World leaders begin converging here Monday for one of the most ambitious UN conferences ever conceived, with the goal of using globalization to lift billions of people out of abject poverty over the next 15 years.

They are expected also to hold hundreds of bilateral meetings, many of which will address with even more urgency the problems of Africa and the Middle East.

Among those en route for New York on Sunday were Israeli Premier Ehud Barak, who said before leaving Jerusalem that he would discover whether the Palestinians were receptive to ideas put forward since the failure of the Camp David summit on July 25. …