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Ban Ki-moon in India before Burma visit

Prior to arriving in Burma this weekend, U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s first stop will be a three-day visit to New Delhi starting on Thursday, where he will have meetings with India’s senior political leadership to discuss current regional and international issues, as well as matters of global concern.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Photo: wikipediaBan will also receive an honorary doctorate degree from Jamia Islamia University. He will visit the commercial hub of Mumbai, where he will meet the chief state minister and a small group of key business leaders committed to utilizing their expertise to promote the health of women and children.

“India is a very valued and strong partner of the U.N. and I really want to reinforce such a strong partnership” during the visit, Ban said in an interview in New York before his trip.

“India should speak out and also help those countries in transition in the Arab world and North Africa. India can show and lead by example and share its experience in the democratization process,” Ban was quoted as saying in The Times of India on Wednesday.

The visit to India will conclude with an event, hosted by Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocates Mukesh Ambani and Ray Chambers, that will include the participation of representatives from government, the private sector, civil society, the creative community and the U.N.

The globally agreed development goals range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.