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    24 November 2017


    General Assembly President to visit Vienna and Geneva

    NEW YORK/VIENNA, 24 November 2017 - The President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, will travel to Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2017, to visit the United Nations Office at Vienna.

    While there, he will deliver opening remarks at the 17th Session of the General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which will be held under the theme, "Partnering for Impact - Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals".

    In Vienna, the President will hold bilateral meetings with: H.E. Mr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria; H.E. Mr. Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria; H.E. Ms. Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation and Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications; H.E. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia; Mr. Yury Fedotov, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and Mr. Thomas Greminger, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    The President will then travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to address the 108th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 28 November. The President will also participate in an exchange with Geneva-based actors on the theme "Sustaining Peace," and meet with Mr. Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

    The President will travel to Austria with his Deputy Chef de Cabinet Sofia Borges, and his Advisers Thanavon Pamaranon and Katharina Kandt. In Switzerland, he will be accompanied by Ms. Borges, Ms. Kandt and Adviser Lea Matheson. Travel costs will be covered from the United Nations regular budget.

    The President will return to New York on 28 November.

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    For media inquiries, please contact Katharina Kandt, Adviser to the President of the General Assembly, +1 917 244 3890, +49 160 9460 2005; kandt[at]