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Prime Minister P.J. Patterson left the island this afternoon (Sept. 12) for New York, where he will attend the 60th Annual General Assembly of the United Nations. Mr. Patterson will address the general session of the UN Assembly on Saturday, September 17.
Mr. Patterson is also scheduled to address the High Level Plenary of the UN and participate in meetings related to ECOSOC and the Non-Aligned Movement.
The reform of the UN will be the main focus of the General Assembly and the Prime Minister, in his capacity as chairman of the Group of 77 and China, is expected to push for the advancement of the development agenda on behalf of developing countries, as well as for the creation of more equitable international financial systems.
The Prime Minister’s other engagements will include a meeting of the Social International and a follow-up meeting of the Special Summit of the Americas held in Monterrey, Mexico in 2004. He will also do a live interview on NBC’s “Today Show”, to be aired at 8:00 a.m. local time, on Wednesday, September 14.
Mr. Patterson returns to the island on Sunday, September 18. During his absence Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sports, will be in charge of the government.