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UN chief to attend CHOGM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be in Malta for November’s Commonwealth summit to be held at the historic Fort St Angelo, this newspaper has learnt.

The UN chief will be addressing a session on climate change, which is expected to take centre stage during this biennial summit.

The event, which brings together Heads of State and government from across the globe, could have an influence on the Paris summit on climate change scheduled to take place a few weeks later.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat met Mr Ban on the fringes of the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday. They discussed CHOGM, taking place between November 27 and 29, as well as the Valletta Conference on Migration happening two weeks earlier.

Mr Ban praised the CHOGM session on climate

Mr Ban said Commonwealth countries should show a political will in favour of sustainable development, mostly when it came to climate change. He praised Malta’s choice to dedicate the main CHOGM session to climate.

This will be the second time that the 71-year-old South Korean UN chief has been to Malta following a two-day visit in 2009, when he had addressed Parliament.

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca addressed the UN Sustainable Development Goals summit yesterday, saying global solidarity and a renewed commitment to safeguard human dignity and rights were needed now more than ever before.

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