Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague led the UK delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.
The gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly is a unique forum for the international community to address global issues. The sixty-sixth session opened in New York on 13 September 2011. The UK delegation, led by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary, were active throughout the Assembly, met key counterparts and advanced UK foreign policy across the board. They were accompanied by seven other Ministers from across Government.
**Saturday 24 September
**Friday 23 September
- The UN, the international community and Somalia’s political leaders, in particular the Transitional Federal Institutions, must join together to demonstrate our collective commitment to building a lasting peace across Somalia - Foreign Secretary speaks at UN meeting on Somalia
- Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is a key disarmament and non-proliferation priority - Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt’s intervention at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) Article XIV Conference
Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham hosts a reception, together with the US and Norway, in honour of South Sudan’s membership to the UN (photo)
In pictures: Foreign Secretary and Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham meets Secretary of State of the United States
In pictures: Foreign Secretary meets Foreign Minister of Israel
- In pictures: Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt meets Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka
- In pictures: Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham meets Foreign Minister’s of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Malawi, Somalia and Uganda
- In pictures: Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell meets Foreign Minister of Algeria
Thursday 22 September
Regional development based on the rejuvenation of the ancient trade routes that once spanned Asia is key to Afghanistan’s long-term development and economic stability - Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt speaks at the New Silk Road Initiative meeting
Libya and the Arab Spring shows the UN needs a new way of working not just united in condemnation, but united in action** -** Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the UN General Assembly (photo)
To ensure nuclear safety, action is necessary at both the national and international level - Foreign Secretary speaks at UN meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security
- The popular and peaceful protests that swept the Arab world were a clear refutation of terrorist ideology - Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt speaks at the Global Counter Terrorism Forum Launch
- Through innovations we can deliver inspirational change to people’s lives - Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell speaks at UN meeting on the Millennium Development Goals
- In pictures: Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell met the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and Georgia
Wednesday 21 September
- Foreign Secretary meets Iranian Foreign Minister
- In pictures: Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt meets Foreign Ministers of Iraq and Oman
The Foreign Secretary also met the Zimbabwean Prime Minister and the Afghan Foreign Minister
- Prime Minister David Cameron met the US President (photo), the Brazilian President and Prince Saud
Tuesday 20 September
Foreign Secretary met with the President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas (photo). During the meeting he spoke of the determination to work for an early resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
- Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell calls on the international community to help poor countries be better prepared for when disasters hit
The Libyan people can be proud of what they have achieved and we can be proud of what we have done to help them - Foreign Secretary speaks at meeting of ‘Friends of Libya’ Group.
- “The task is to get on with creating an open, democratic and inclusive Libya” - Foreign Secretary spoke ahead of the Friends of Libya meeting
- The Foreign Secretary also met the Egyptian Foreign Minister
Monday 19 September
“Making the healthy choice should not only be the right choice, it should be a positive choice, an easy choice, even a fun choice” - Health Secretary Andrew Lansley speaks at the UN meeting on Non-communicable Diseases
- “We must all come together to say that the ideology of terrorism is wrong” - Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at the UN meeting on International Counter Terrorism Cooperation
- Middle East Peace Process and the UN: Moving towards a two state solution - Foreign Secretary William Hague says the best outcome this week would be for the Palestinians and the Israelis to agree to return to negotiations
- The Foreign Secretary also met the Foreign Ministers of France (photo), Turkey and Portugal.
UK priorities included the Middle East Peace Process, the Arab Spring, Somalia, Commonwealth issues, the emerging powers and trade issues. The Prime Minister made a speech to the UN General Assembly on 22 September. The Foreign Secretary attended Foreign Ministers meetings on the Middle East, the Commonwealth, Somalia, preventive diplomacy and a high level meeting on Nuclear Safety.