UN General Assembly kicks off, Gen Tanasak to make speech on Sep 27

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BANGKOK, 25 September 2014 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn is set to deliver a statement this Saturday at the 69th United Nations General Assembly, which has raised its curtains in New York today.

At the UN Headquarters in New York City, the 69th session of the UN General Assembly has officially commenced under the theme “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”. US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff were among the many international leaders giving an address before the meeting began.

On behalf of Thailand, Gen Tanasak, in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs, is leading a delegation to participate in the session. A speech will be given by him on September 27 under the topic “Sustainable Development of Thailand in 2015”, in which the focus will be placed on the sufficiency economy concept, the government’s endeavor towards national reform and sustainable democracy and Thailand’s role in tackling global issues, ranging from human trafficking to environmental problems.

While in New York, Gen Tanasak is also scheduled to attend the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting, of which participants will include ASEAN foreign ministers, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the 69th UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa. The Thai Foreign Minister will also hold a discussion with the American private sector, with a view to bolstering its confidence in Thailand.