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Press Release 49/2014
22 September 2014
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on Sunday, 21 September. The topics discussed covered the Ebola virus, combating climate change, and the various crises around the world. Secretary-General Ban thanked President Niinistö for his personal efforts towards resolving the crisis in Ukraine. The Secretary-General also acknowledged Finland’s tradition and active continuation of peace mediation.
President Niinistö is in New York to participate in the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. The President will deliver Finland’s statement as part of the general debate on Wednesday 24 September.
Prior to the opening of the General Assembly, on Monday, 22 September, President Niinistö will participate in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples where he will speak on behalf of the group of western countries. On Tuesday, 23 September he will attend the Climate Summit hosted by the Secretary General of the UN, in which he will deliver Finland’s statement and act as a co-chair in the discussion on climate, health and jobs. The programme will also include bilateral meetings.
President Niinistö will head the Finnish delegation at the UN General Assembly. Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto and Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö will also participate in the opening week.