Issues related to global governance, the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies and Security Council reform were among those discussed by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss during his official visit to France.
While in Paris, Mr. Deiss met yesterday with French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Michele Alliot-Marie, with whom he also discussed the country’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.
He also met separately with the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, and the Secretary-General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, to discuss global governance, the MDGs and cultural diversity, among other things.
The Assembly President also addressed the Council of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), highlighting the UN’s efforts in reaffirming a central role in global governance.
In a speech made in October, Mr. Deiss had warned of the “danger” that the UN could be “marginalized as other actors emerge on the international scene.” He had also described the UN’s central role in global governance as being vital for solving challenges that cannot be overcome by countries acting alone.
Mr. Deiss reprised this theme in a bilateral meeting with OECD chief Angel Gurria.