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UN General Assembly Session Opens Today

13 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The United Nations General Assembly opens its 60th session today at its headquarters in New York City.

At today's session, Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson will be installed as president of this year's General Assembly, which is comprised of the United Nations' 191 member countries.

The main event of the annual session starts on 14 September with a review of progress toward fulfilling goals and commitments made in the Millennium Declaration, which was adopted by world leaders at the Millennium Summit of 2000.

More than 170 heads of state and government are due to attend the three-day event to discuss efforts to fight terrorism and poverty, promote human rights, and revamp the United Nations.

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