FormMin Diaconescu to attend 64th session of UN General Assembly

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Romania’s Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu will be attending, September 22-25, in New York the opening of the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press release.

Before leaving for New York, Diaconescu said the UN and the multilateral system are the only ones able to decisively and comprehensively approach the complex challenges facing the humankind.

‘Now, more than ever, the role of the UN has to be reinvigorated and the organistaion has to be strengthened. Romania will be supporting the necessary reform that will turn the United Nations into an organisation worthy of the 21st century multilateralism.

Three months of tough political and technical negotiations among all the world’s countries are lying ahead and we hope they will end this December in Copenhagen with the approval of a significant agreement concerning the cut in polluting emissions, as well a renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Negotiations have reached a stalemate and we are now expecting the leaders to convene in New York to give a new and decisive impetus to the process, commensurate with the huge stakes that affect us all,’ said Diaconescu.

He also mentioned that Romania and the other European Union member states have adopted ambitious targets for emission reductions by 2020, but the endeavour will not be enough to stop global warming if it is not met with similar measures from the largest polluters and all the world’s countries.

Diaconescu will also attend the Security Council summit on nuclear disarmament and non¬proliferation to be conducted by US President Barrack Obama.

The schedule of the Romanian foreign minister is tight and substantial combining multilateral and bilateral dimensions of diplomacy, including, besides two UN summits, six ministerial meetings, private meetings with counterparts from other countries and meetings with officials of the Romanian- US community media and the management of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Diaconescu is scheduled to attend the EU-US, EU-Russian Federation and Community of Democracies meetings. He will also participate in informal ministerial meetings, including the NATO-EU Trans-Atlantic Dialogue; the Olive Group dialogue of EU Mediterranean countries and the informal meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation (BSECO).

On the sideline of his attendance of the session, Diaconescu will be meeting in private the chairman of the UN General Assembly and the foreign ministers of New Zealand, Australia, Albania, Malta, Iceland, Tunisia, Morocco, Chile and the United Arab Emirates, in private.

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