Secretary-General arrives in Buenos Aires for first leg of South American tour
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began his official visit to Argentina today, the first stop on a trip that will also take
him also to Chile and Brazil in the coming days.
Mr. Ban is scheduled to meet Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana in Buenos Aires today, as well as the presidents
of the country's Senate and Chamber of Deputies.
This evening, the Secretary-General and Madame Ban Soon-taek will meet with the country's President and President-elect,
Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Yesterday at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban spoke to reporters about his visit to Argentina, Chile and Brazil, which he said
were politically and economically important members of the UN that also play a key role in efforts to address climate
While in Chile, the Secretary-General is expected to attend the Ibero-American Summit, and meet with the country's
leaders. He will also head to Punta Arenas, in southern Chile, and Antarctica to learn more about climate change - an
issue Mr. Ban has said of his priority issues.
Mr. Ban will learn more about Brazil's efforts to confront climate change when he visits an ethanol plant near Sao
Paulo, and Tapajós National Forest in the country's Amazon region. The Secretary-General is also scheduled to meet
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
After his visit to Latin America, Mr. Ban will travel to Tunisia, where he will attend an international
counter-terrorism conference, organized by the UN, the Tunisian Government and the Organization of the Islamic
From there, he heads to Valencia, Spain, to participate in launching the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on
"This is going to be a very hectic, 12-day-long trip, but it will be, I am sure, very rewarding," Mr. Ban told reporters
prior to his departure from New York.