President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will leave for New York today for a working visit, accompanied by First lady Ani Yudhoyono and a retinue, a presidential staff member said in a statement on Friday.
“The visit to New York by the president is to attend the 67th session of UN General Assembly, the Indonesian Investment Day and a meeting of the High level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda [HLP],” Teuku Faizasyah, special staff to the president for international relations, said in a statement.
Yudhoyono will address the UN general assembly meeting on on Tuesday. Later that day, Yudhoyono will jointly chair the first meeting of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, together with the Liberian president and the British prime minister.
It will be the first time the three co-chairs will meet with all 23 members of the panel, the statement said.
“The agenda will become the blueprint for global development post 2015 to overcome development issues related to poverty eradication, creating growth, and environmental conservation,” said Faizasyah.
While in New York, the president will also attend the Indonesian Investment Day at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday and give an address on Indonesia’s rise as one of Asia’s new economic powerhouses.
The president is also scheduled to meet with a number of key US businesspeople, including the chief executives of IBM, Honeywell, Cargill and the Millenium Challenge Corporation to discuss investment opportunities in Indonesia.
A number of bilateral meetings are also scheduled with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, German President Joachim Gauck, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and the president of the UN General Assembly.
Yudhoyono is also scheduled to receive two honors, the “Valuing Nature Awards for Leadership in the Coral Triangle Initiative” from The Nature Conservancy, WRI & WWF, and the “USABC 21st Century Economic Achievement” from the US-Asean Business Council. The awards recognize the country’s economic success and commitment to protecting the environment.
The president will also make a keynote speech at the launch of the journal Strategic Review and receive a medal from the Foreign Policy Association in recognition of his role and leadership in world peace and development. The first couple is expected to arrive back in Indonesia on Sept. 30.