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PGMA to stress importance of being globally engaged in UN address

NEW YORK (via PLDT) (28 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will address Friday morning (Sept. 28, New York time) the 62nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and call for concerted international cooperation in addressing pressing problems facing member-countries such as poverty, security, energy supply, environmental degradation and trade and economic relations.

She will be the third speaker of the morning session of the General Assembly.

The President indicated to members of the Malacañang Press Corps covering her US trip some of the issues she would highlight in her UN address, including the "importance of being globally engaged."

Although her speech was still a work in progress, she said her country report will give her the opportunity to talk about the Philippines and "what we have been achieving in recent years and months."

Among other things, "I will talk about sustainable development. At the APEC Summit, we kept stressing that resolutions on environmental issues should be resolved (at the UN level), so we are affirming that," she said.

She added that she will also tell the UN "a few things about the Philippines… about sustainable development…"

"We will talk about the region, the UN, regional relations, the APEC, ASEAN, Myanmar, China, the US, aside from the ASEAN Charter, and other matters…" she said.

The President added that she will cite "global cases to alleviate poverty" and later discuss the stalled Doha Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade negotiations.

She said she will tell the United Nations that the DOHA Round "should push through like what I said in my ADB speech. Don't forget that it is good for development."

The President said that she will also remind wealthier countries about "capacity building for countries that are not yet ready to compete head on head in all sectors… and remind the developed nations of the Monterey consensus of their commitment of allocating point 7 percent of their GNP (Gross National Product) for ODA (Overseas Development Assistance)."

"And then I will push for promoting South-South development assistance, this is something, well, like trilateral (development relations)…"

Under her proposed South-South mode of assistance, three parties will help each other out in development projects, with the Philippines contributing "technical expertise" on the one hand; plus the recipient underdeveloped country, on the other hand; and the multilateral or rich country that would fund the project.

The President said she had proposed the South-South development mode to Tonga whose prime minister visited the Philippines recently. "We have a proposal together to the ADB (Asian Development Bank) for South-South Cooperation."

"This is really being done in the context of the UN, that's why I will take this opportunity to push for that," she added.

"It is very helpful. And as far as the Philippines is concerned, you know, we are not a capital-rich country so we can't be giving ODA to other countries."

"We are a human-resource-rich country and that's our contribution. It already exists but I want to (push it even) more… It is called South-South cooperation or triangular cooperation…" (OPS) [top]

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