H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the UN General Assembly, will host an Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly with the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) on Thursday, 20 October 2011 from 11:00am-1:00pm at UNHQ in New York. This event will be web cast live at www.un.org/webcast. The web cast recording can also be viewed after the event from the UN web cast archive at the same web address.

Programme
11 – 11:15am Opening Remarks
• H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly
• H.E. Mr.Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary-General

11:15am – 12:50pm Moderated by H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly
I. H.E. Mrs. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland and GSP Co-Chair
II. H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa and GSP Co-Chair (by video)
III. H.E. Mr. Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister of Australia (by video)
IV. H.E. Mrs. Luisa Diogo, former PM of Mozambique

12:50 – 1pm Closing Remarks
• H.E. Mrs. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland and Co-Chair of the Global Sustainability Panel
• H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser , President of the General Assembly

The Interactive Dialogue with the Global Sustainability Panel offers an opportunity for Member States to hear some initial views of the Panel members on the work of the Panel so far as well as to share their suggestions.

Background
The Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) is currently drafting its final report and will have its last meeting in November 2011, before handing the report to the Secretary-General in January 2012. Co-chaired by H.E. Mrs. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, the GSP is looking into cross-cutting strategies to address the interconnected sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. The final report will feed into relevant intergovernmental discussions such as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

For more information about the Global Sustainability Panel, including detailed reports about its prior meetings, please visit www.un.org/en/gsp as well as http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?article3257.

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