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UN chief to visit St. Louis in latest leg of US outreach tour

UN chief to visit St. Louis in latest leg of US outreach tour

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head west to St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday as part of his efforts to reach out to the United States public, it was announced today.

Mr. Ban is slated to address students and faculty at St. Louis University on “Solving the World’s Food and Security Problems,” United Nations spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York today.

While in the Gateway City, so-called for being the geographic link between the eastern and western US, the Secretary-General is expected to hold a meeting on food security issues with various representatives and experts in the local agricultural and commerce sector.

He will invite opinions on the role the UN can play in promoting the application of biotechnology and life science research while managing the accompanying safety and security risks.

Mr. Ban will also meet with the Governor of Missouri, Senators and Congressmen, as well as the Junior Chamber of Commerce on climate change issues.

During a visit to the Boeing Company in St. Louis, he is expected to discuss global warming, the environment, energy-friendly corporate culture and business responsibilities.

Ms. Okabe said that he is scheduled to return to UN Headquarters in New York on Friday evening.