President Park Geun Hye to Meet with United Nations Secretary of State Ban Ki Moon

David Lee, Sept. 23, 2015, 8:23 a.m.

President Park Geun-hye will meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon several times during her visit to New York later this week, a Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday. Park is scheduled to visit New York from Friday to Monday to attend the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. summit for sustainable development.

During the four-day visit, she will hold both official and unofficial meetings with Ban, Ju Chul-ki, senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs, said in a press briefing without giving details of the dates. Ju labeled Park's visit "an opportunity to explain our diplomatic policy -- which is not only contributing to peace and unification of the Korean Peninsula but also to co-prosperity of world peace -- to the international community."

Park is set to make an address on Saturday to the U.N. summit on sustainable development that will adopt the post-2015 development agenda, which serves as a guideline for sustainable development over the next 15 years. The new agenda is a follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals designed to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce child mortality and achieve universal primary education.

"President Park will speak on our detailed plan and determination to contribute to prosperity and development of international society based on our development experience," Ju said. On Sunday, Park will attend a luncheon of world leaders and discuss how to produce a legally binding deal on cutting greenhouse gases during the U.N. Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris later this year.

Park plans to attend a separate U.N. summit on U.N. peacekeeping operations later in the day. Separately, Park will hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from Pakistan and Denmark on the sidelines, An Chong-bum, the senior presidential secretary for economic affairs, told reporters without specifying a detailed schedule. "The bilateral talks will address economic cooperation that is the main focus of the U.N. summit and how to deal with climate change," he said.


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