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Updates on the 61st Session of the General Assembly

Fourteenth Summit of the Non Aligned Movement
Havana, Cuba, 16 September 2006
The Fourteenth Non Aligned Movement Summit took place from 11-16 September 2006 in Havana, Cuba. The Summit was attended by 56 heads of State or government and 90 foreign ministers, as well as other dignitaries and senior officials. The Summit adopted three outcome documents, namely:  Declaration on the Purposes and Principles and Role of the Non-Aligned Movement in the Present International Situation; Document on Methodology; and Final Document.

Tanzania’s Anna Tibaijuka Named Director-General of UN Office at Nairobi
New York, 15 September 2006
Anna Tibaijuka of Tanzania, the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme was named Director-General of the UN Office in Nairobi.

Sixty-first General Assembly High-Level Meeting on International Migration and Development
New York, 15 September 2006
The General Assembly concluded its two-day High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on Friday 15 September, with over 140 speakers addressing the two-day session.

First meeting of the Heads of Agencies Task Force on the 2010 Biodiversity Target
Rome, 13 September 2006
The first meeting of the Heads of Agencies Task Force on the 2010 Biodiversity Target took place in Gland, Switzerland on 15 September 2006.

UN agency IFAD receives largest funding increase in two decades
Rome, 12 September 2006
The Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have set the target level for its Seventh Replenishment of Resources at US$720 million.

Fighting poverty, UN reform to top General Assembly agenda, says new President
New York, 12 September 2006
As the General Assembly opened its 61st session today, the body’s new president promised to focus on alleviating extreme poverty and advancing the process of UN reform undertaken during the previous session.

General Committee Recommends Inclusion of more than 150 Items on agenda of Sixty-First General Assembly Session
New York, 12 September 2006
The General Committee of the sixty-first General Assembly recommended the inclusion of more than 150 items on the Assembly’s agenda for the session.

Helsinki, 11 September 2006
The leaders of 38 Asian and European countries and the President of the European Commission concluded their two-day ASEM 6 Summit in Helsinki on 11 September 2006. In its closing stages, the summit approved guidelines for the future of the cooperation process between the two continents and adopted a decision on the admission of six new partners.

  • ASEM6 Declaration on Climate Change:  Heads of State and Government from thirteen Asian nations, twenty five European nations and the President of the European Commission adopted a Declaration on Climate Change.

South African Minister outlines priorities for Nairobi Climate Meetings
Cape Town, 11 September 2006
In a speech to the final lead authors meeting of Working Group 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, outlined three priority issues for the Nairobi climate change meetings in November 2006.

Joint Declaration of the First IBSA Summit Meeting
Brasilia, 13 September 2006
The first Summit Meeting of the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA) took place in Brasília on 13 September 2006. At the conclusion of the Summit, the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki adopted a declaration outlined the three country’s views on: political consultation and coordination on global issues; reform of the UN and the UN Security Council; Millennium Development Goals Action Against Hunger and Poverty Initiative; human rights; and sustainable development.

Joint Communiqué issued by India and Brazil
Brasilia, 13 September 2006
At the invitation of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, accompanied by a high level delegation, paid an official visit to Brazil from September 11-14. The two countries issues a joint communiqué

G-77 Meeting of Ministers of Science and Technology
Brazil, 3 September 2006
Ministers of Science and Technology of the Group of 77 and China met on the occasion of the 10th General Conference of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and the 9th General Assembly of the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO), held at Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 3 September 2006. The meeting concluded with a Declaration, in which Ministers noted that the challenges of sustainable development couldn’t be met without the use of scientific knowledge, skills and technology for the benefit of developing countries.

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