On November 9, Joan Boyle attended a briefing for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) held by H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, the President of the General Assembly on the agenda of work of the sixty-second session of the General Assembly. The session was webcast and can be viewed on the archive via the UN website (www.un.org/webcast).

Dr. Kerim emphasized his strong commitment to working with Civil Society, as exemplified by the interactive nature of the briefing and his attendance of most of the briefing. He reported that priorities in the current General Assembly session are:

  • Climate Change (with a February 11 2008 High Level Meeting)
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • Financing for Development (essential to achieving the MDGs)
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Management Reform

The briefing also included an update on the work of the Main Committees of the General Assembly, with — for the first time — reports to the NGO community by each of the Chairpersons of the Committees. The briefing included an interactive Q&A between the Committee Chairperson and NGO representatives after each report.
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