In Washington, UN chief meets key US Government officials to discuss global challenges

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with members of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

16 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Washington, D.C. today where he is meeting with members of Congress and other Unites States officials to discuss the crises in Yemen and Syria and other pressing global issues, including Ebola and climate change.

Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York announced that the UN chief has met with members of the US House Foreign Affair Committee and discussed the Organization’s work on many issues of mutual concern, including Ebola, climate change, Syria and Yemen.

The Secretary-General is expected to raise those and other issues this afternoon when he meets with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Thus far, Mr. Ban has had a working lunch with the United States Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter.

The two officials discussed the preparations for the 2015 summit on peacekeeping reform. They also talked about UN peacekeeping missions around the world, including those in Haiti, Mali and South Sudan. They also discussed the situation in Yemen.

This evening, the Secretary-General will speak and take questions at the National Press Club, which is expected to be broadcast live on C-Span and UN WebTV.

Source: United Nations

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