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Minister Martin attends 65th UN General Assembly

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., has welcomed the commencement of the 65th UN General Assembly (UNGA) Ministerial Week in New York today (Thursday, 23rd September 2010).

The UNGA Ministerial Week is a key annual gathering of leaders from around the world to discuss the full breadth of issues addressed within the United Nations multilateral framework. An important feature of the Week will be the statements to the UN General Assembly by the assembled leaders, including by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US President Barack Obama. Minister Martin will be in attendance for both statements.

In welcoming the commencement of the UNGA Ministerial Week, Minister Martin said:

“During my attendance at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, I look forward to hearing the priorities of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US President Barack Obama and other leaders, while I will use my own address to outline Ireland’s priorities and issues of international concern.”

The Minister also stated: “The United Nations offers a unique voice and an indispensable framework for the international community which we should cherish and continually work to improve, so as to realise its full potential.

Ireland, for its part, will continue to look to the United Nations as best placed to lead the drive for more effective multilateralism as well as for guiding all our common endeavours in pursuit of a more peaceful, prosperous and secure world.”

Minister Martin will outline Ireland’s foreign policy priorities in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday 27 September. The Minister will also will also speak at two major disarmament conferences and conduct a round of bilateral meetings with ministerial colleagues.