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The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will address the UN General Assembly in New York tomorrow 26 September.
President Van Rompuy will reiterate the EU's support to the democratic transitions following the Arab Spring. On the eve of his speech, he said: "Of course expectations have been running high. But we know well that achieving lasting change takes time. There will be wrong turns and setbacks, but I firmly believe that despite the difficulties, this journey is heading in the right direction."
He will also remind world leaders, faced with recent violent protests, of their responsibility in building tolerance and respect. He will also inform the international community about Europe's efforts to overcome the current difficulties in the eurozone.
During his stay in New York from 25 to 27 September, President Van Rompuy will meet bilaterally with a number of other Heads of State and attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region.
This is the second time that the President of the European Council represents the EU at the UN General Assembly. In May 2011, a UN resolution invited the EU to participate in the general debate of the General Assembly and established its right to present the positions of the EU and its member states at the UN. Prior to this resolution, representatives of the rotating Council presidency expressed EU positions at the UN General Assembly.
President Van Rompuy's programme of activities during the UN General Assembly is:
Tuesday, 25 September
09.00 Opening of the 67th UN General Assembly: speeches by the President of UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremić, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, President of US, Barack Obama and others see programme
13:15 Traditional luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
14:30 Bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra
15:00 Bilateral meeting with President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili
16:00 Meeting with a number of EU Foreign Ministers
Wednesday, 26 September
08:30 Bilateral meeting with President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki
09:10 Bilateral meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
10:00 Summit on Sahel
12.30 Address to the UN General Assembly live on EBS+
18:00 Inauguration of the new premises of the EU delegation to the UN
20:30 Concert hosted by President of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias
Thursday, 27 September
09:15 High-level meeting on eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
12:00 Bilateral meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
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