23 January 2004






Ms. Louise Fréchette to Visit India


The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Louise Fréchette, will arrive to India for an official visit from 25 - 30 January 2004.

On 27 January, the Deputy Secretary-General will present the keynote address at the 6th Asian Security Conference on “UN, Multilateralism and International Security” organized by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

During Ms. Fréchette’s visit it is expected that she will meet with Mr. Yashwant Sinha, Union Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Jaswant Singh, Union Minister of Finance, Mr. George Fernandes, Union Minister for Defence and Mr. K.C. Pant, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. She will also meet with the senior officials of the Ministry for External Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Ms. Fréchette will visit a UNDP collaborative project with NIS/NIIT which aims at raising HIV/AIDS awareness among young people. This project operates in 36 NIIT centres in and around Delhi , reaching approximately 30,000 students.

The Deputy Secretary-General will also attend the Government of India’s official Republic Day celebrations and meet with the heads of UN agencies and UN staff in New Delhi .

Ms. Fréchette will depart from New Delhi on 30 January.