New General Assembly Session to Focus on MDGs, UN Reform

Joseph Deiss, seen on screens, is the new president of the United Nations General Assembly, whose 65th session opened Sept. 14. Photo by: U.N./Paulo Filgueiras

Pursuing the Millennium Development Goals, reforming the United Nations and promoting sustainable development will be the priorities of the U.N. General Assembly’s 65th session, according to the assembly’s new president, Joseph Deiss.

The MDGs “are within our reach,” despite the recent global economic woes, Deiss said in his opening statement to the session, which kicked off Sept. 14.

“In particular, we must bridge the gaps in the fight against hunger, child mortality and maternal health,” he remarked.

Deiss also urged the 192-member assembly to ensure decisive action on reforming the global body.

“Reform of the Security Council remains important. We are all aware of the need for this reform. I would like us to be able to make progress on this matter, but it is for you, the member states, to take decisions that enjoy broad support and make a convergence of views possible,” Deiss said.

Sustainable development will also be high on the agenda of the new session, Deiss noted, saying that climate change, natural disasters and loss of biodiversity require coordinated efforts by all nations.

“Environmental issues will figure prominently on our agenda, which includes the high-level meeting on biodiversity during the week of the summit on the MDGs,” Deiss said.

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