UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave New York on Saturday, 27 August, for Singapore, on the first leg of a trip that will take him to Myanmar and Sri Lanka for official visits, the People’s Republic of China for the G20 Summit, and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for the ASEAN-UN Summit.
In Singapore, the Secretary-General is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, 30 August, as well as other Government officials. He will also be conferred an Honorary Doctorate by President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the National University of Singapore and will deliver the Ho Rih Hwa Leadership Lecture to students of the Singapore Management University.
In the evening of that day, the Secretary-General will travel to Myanmar, where he will meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister, and hold a joint press conference with her. The Secretary-General will then attend the 21st-Century Panglong Peace Conference on 31 August.
During his visit, the Secretary-General will also meet with President U Htin Kyaw and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Armed Forces, as well as other political and civil society representatives.
In the evening of August 31, the Secretary-General will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and other members of the Government and of the Parliament.
He will also deliver a keynote speech at a public event on the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16, dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
While in Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General will visit a resettlement site in Jaffna in the North, and participate in an event on the role of youth in reconciliation and coexistence in Galle, in the South of the island.
On September 3, the Secretary-General will be in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, for the G20 Summit. He will participate in several working sessions around the general theme of the Summit, “Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”, in support of the G20 efforts to integrate the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development into their long terms actions and to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable global economic growth.
While in China, the Secretary-General is scheduled to give a press conference at the G20 and to meet with several leaders attending the Summit.
He will then travel to Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, for the 8th ASEAN-UN Summit on Wednesday, 7 September, and the 11th East Asia Summit, the following day.
On the margins of these events, the Secretary-General will also meet with several senior officials, including President Bounnhang Vorachith and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisolith of Lao PDR, Chairman of ASEAN 2016.
The Secretary-General is expected back in New York late night on Thursday, 8 September.