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Working Visit to Thailand by the United Nations Secretary-General

Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United NationsMr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will pay a working visit to Thailand on October 26, as guest of the Thai government.
The visit will take place prior to his trip to Hanoi in Vietnam to attend the third ASEAN-UN Summit on October 29. It is arranged at the invitation earlier extended by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva during his meeting with Mr. Ban Ki-moon on 6 October 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. At that time, both attended the official opening of an exhibition to promote the Enhancing Lives of Female Inmates Project, known in short as ELFI.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the visit of the Secretary-General of the United Nations will provide a good opportunity for him to familiarize himself with the constructive role of Thailand in the region, as well as an opportunity for both sides to discuss issues of common interest.
Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Mr. Ban Ki-moon will arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 10.35 hr on October 26. He will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abhisit at Government House at 12.30 hr, followed by the luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister. The discussion with the Prime Minister is expected to involve regional issues, such as the plight of immigrant workers from Myanmar.
At 14.15 hr, Prime Minister Abhisit and Mr. Ban Ki-moon will issue a joint press statement at Santi Maitri Building, Government House. Then the Secretary-General of the United Nations will depart for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, where he will meet tUN personnel and deliver a speech on the occasion of the United Nations Day.
In a separate program, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek will meet Prime Minister Abhisit’s wife, Mrs. Pimpen Vejjajiva, at Government House. Following the luncheon, she will visit the fifth Exhibition of the Arts of the Kingdom at Ananta Samagom Throne Hall and the ELFI Project at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution in Bangkok.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations and his wife will leave Thailand at 18.10 hr on the same day for Cambodia before proceeding to attend the upcoming ASEAN-UN Summit in Hanoi.
Thailand has always been committed to supporting the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace and security, ever since it became a Member State of the United Nations in 1946. An active and committed partner of the United Nations in the field of development, it has been working with countries, developed and developing alike, toward attaining the Millennium Development Goals, especially in the area of poverty eradication, and to promote people-centered development.
Thailand has also stressed that it would continue to work hand-in-hand with the United Nations entities based in Bangkok to meet new challenges and contribute to the well-being of the people, as well as to the prosperity and development of the Asia-Pacific region.
Source: http://thailand.prd.go.th/view_inside.php?id=5315

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