Harper to address UN General Assembly, attend special kids and moms summit

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month in New York City.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address the United Nations General Assembly later this month in New York City.

The Harper government has at times had an uneasy relationship with the UN, and the prime minister has faced accusations of shunning the world body.

The Prime Minister’s Office says Harper will also be attending a special UN event hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the health and welfare of pregnant women, newborns and young children in the developing world.

The maternal newborn child health initiative is Harper’s signature foreign aid priority, and Ban gave it a ringing endorsement this past May when he attended the prime minister’s special conference on the subject in Toronto.

Harper’s office says he and Ban spoke by telephone today to discuss the upcoming events.

Harper will also join Ban at a special dinner to discuss climate issues, the Prime Minister’s Office says.

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