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Key Leaves For New York Next Monday

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Wellington, Sept 14 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key leaves for New York on Monday to join other world leaders attending the opening of the United National General Assembly.

He will deliver New Zealand's speech to the General Assembly later in the week.

While he is in New York Mr Key will attend the opening of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Change Summit as well as hold bilateral meetings with the secretary-general and other leaders.

He is expected to meet US President Barack Obama at a function the president is hosting.

Mr Key said today it was likely to be a handshake and a brief discussion.

He expects to spend more time with Mr Obama at the Asean summit later this year.

Mr Key will also meet former prime minister Helen Clark, who is now the head of the UN Development Programme.

Other events include attending the Clinton Global Initiative with leaders, business people and civil society groups to discuss global challenges such as health, poverty and climate change.

Mr Key will also visit the New York Stock Exchange and speak to the Kiwi Expatriates Association.

"This is an important visit," Mr Key said.

"New Zealand shares the desire of other countries, such as the United States, to see a strong and effective United Nations.

"Speaking at the General Assembly is an opportunity to connect with world leaders, discuss issues of importance to New Zealand, and promote this country's interests."

Mr Key is lined up to appear on the popular TV programme The Late Show with David Letterman while he is in New York.

He said today that was still to be confirmed.

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