NEW YORK: A hectic schedule, including a series of meetings with top world leaders, awaits President Asif Ali Zardari as he arrives here to represent Pakistan at the 192 member world body’s annual moot where he would try to clear Pakistan’s situation. President Zardari who will be arriving here on Monday is scheduled to meet President George W Bush, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, President of Turkey Abdullah Gul, President of Brazil Luiz In?o Lula da Silva and President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, during his five-day stay in the United States of America.
The President will will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Naveed Qamar, Information Minister Sherry Rehman, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security Mahmoud Ali Durrani and senior officials.
He will hold meetings with investors, have media interactions, exchange views with US scholars, thinktanks and address the Pakistani community and share with them his vision of a modern, democratic Pakistan. The Pakistan’s Mission to the United Nations was busy in finalising President Asif Ali Zardari’s engagements that also include his meeting with the President of World Bank.
Soon after his arrival in New York, the President will meet Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury Robert M Kimmitt, before attending the banquet to be hosted by President George Bush in honour of heads of states and governments attending the 63rd UN General Assembly session. He will also have a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The President has interviews lined up with the Washington Post, CNN and the Wall Street Journal. This year’s theme of the UN General Assemlby 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”.
During its 63rd session, the General Assembly will continue efforts to make its work more focused and relevant by streamlining its agenda, improving working methods of its Main Committees and strengthening the role and authority of the President. The “revitalization” process will strengthen the ability of the Assembly to advance its work on major global challenges.
The Assembly will focus on the following key issues of democratization of the United Nations, including evaluation of the work of the Security Council and of the Bretton Woods institutions, as well as revitalization of the General Assembly.
It will also deliberate on financing for development to end hunger, poverty and lack of access to clean water and basic health services, discuss climate change and measures for achieving the goals of the United Nations Decade:
“Water for Life” (2005-2015); implementation of the Counter-Terrorism Strategy, with full respect for human rights, and human security as a part of international peace and security, including disarmament and nuclear control. The Assembly will also examine these priorities from a gender perspective besides considering issues relating to system-wide coherence, sustainable development and HIV/AIDS.
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