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PGMA to address 62nd UNGA Session on Friday

Manila (26 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left Tuesday night for New York where she will attend the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Clinton Global Initiative Forum, and the Third Meeting of the Women Leaders' Working Group.

President Arroyo is set to be welcomed at the Newark International Airport by Ambassador Hilario Davide, head of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, and by Philippine Consul General to the US Cecilia Rebong.

The President and her lean entourage will be billeted at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel where she will be welcomed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, who arrived earlier to sign two conventions at the United Nations headquarters here in behalf of the Philippine government.

The President's first order of business in New York Wednesday is her attendance at the 10 a.m. (New York time) opening plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative Forum at the Sheraton Hotel New York.

She will then go back to the Waldorf Astoria where she will receive officials of the Millennium Challenge Corporation who will call on her at 11:25 a.m..

President Arroyo's first day in New York will also include her gracing the lunch hosted by TeleTech led by its chairman and chief executive officer Kenneth Tuchman, at the Louis VXI Suite at the Waldorf.

The President will then proceed to the Broadhurst Theatre at West 44th St. where she will watch the matinee presentation of "Les Miserables" starring Lea Salonga and other Filipino-American members of the cast.

In the evening, the President will attend a dinner hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at the Museum of Modern Art.

Coffee follows with leaders of the Filipino community in New York at the Jade Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

While her first day will see her going the rounds of six engagements, President Arroyo's second day will see her in even more activities -- eight to be exact including her delivering a speech before the US-ASEAN Business Council which will hold a luncheon roundtable at the Waldorf Norse Suite. The lunch will be hosted by Martin Sullivan, president and CEO of the American International Group (AIG).

Just before this roundtable, the President will have an exclusive interview by the business editor of the New York Times, Marcus Mabry, in her hotel suite.

The President's six other engagements for Sept. 27 (Thursday) will include a marathon of four calls at the Waldorf Hotel from top organization executives, namely: Headstrong and Merill Lynch executives at the Waldorf's Sutton Suite; James Livesay, SVP Divisional Executive of the Retail Bank Operations Washington Mutual at The Library of the Waldorf Astoria; Satendra Gupta, chairman and CEO of the UST Global Inc. at the Waldorf's Sutton Suite; and the JP Morgan (Bank of New York) at The Library.

After dinner at the Philippine Outsourcing Summit at the hotel's Starlight Rooftop at the 18th floor, the President will treat the Philippine media delegation to coffee at her hotel suite.

The President will start her third day in New York early with her 7:30 a.m. attendance at the Third Meeting of the Women Leaders Working Group whose theme revolves around "Progress on Women's Empowerment." The said meeting of power women will be held at the Waldorf Hotel's Empire Suite.

At 10 a.m., President Arroyo will speak before the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN's Plenary Hall. The President will be the third speaker of the morning session.

Her speech will be immediately followed by her meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Room 200 of the Plenary Hall.

While at the UN, President Arroyo will also have conversations with Filipinos working in the United Nations before passing by the book-launching ceremonies for a book on interfaith dialogue at the UNICEF Garden. (OPS) [top]

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