Chilean president addresses the UN in New York

Sebastián Piñera also met with several world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama, before visiting Harvard where he studied in the 1970s.

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Last Thursday, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera addressed the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations during a whirlwind visit to the United States.

Speaking to the meeting of world leaders in New York, the Chilean head of state covered a broad range of topics including global warming, terrorism and drug trafficking.

The president also talked about the need to upgrade the international institutions that influence global policy and the world economy.

“We are going to strongly propose the urgent need to modernize these international organizations, starting with the United Nations and its Security Council, which must expand itself to be more representative,” he told the Chilean press in the lead up to his address.

“We also think there is an urgent need to modernize the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) along with the international watchdog organizations because the world continues to operate according to a free market model with less and less protectionism.”

Before his speech at the UN headquarters, Piñera held private meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as the leaders of Peru, Argentina and Brazil. He also met with former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who is currently serving as the head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

Following his address to the UN General Assembly, Piñera went to a lunch organized in his honor by the Council of the Americas, a business association made up of major companies from North, Central and South America.

The Chilean President then attended an investment seminar organized by the Chilean Export Promotion Bureau (ProChile) before meeting with representatives from the Council on Foreign Relations, a U.S. think tank.

In New York, Piñera also met with the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, before visiting Ground Zero to lay a wreath in commemoration of the victims of the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack.

The Chilean leader finished his trip to the United States by visiting Harvard University in Boston, where he undertook postgraduate studies in economics during the 1970s.

This post is also available in Spanish