General Assembly President and Chilean leader hold talks in Santiago

Srgjan Kerim met with President Bachelet yesterday at the Presidential Palace of Cerro Cartillo, in Viña del Mar, where the two discussed some of the priority issues on the agenda of the General Assembly, including climate change, financing for development, South-South cooperation, human rights and the food crisis.The also discussed efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015.President Bachelet praised Mr. Kerim’s activism during the current session of the Assembly and reiterated Chile’s commitment to multilateral institutions, and the UN in particular. They agreed on the need to reform the world body, including the Security Council, as well as the Bretton Woods institutions.The Chilean leader recalled her country’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations and its support to the stabilization process in Haiti. Just two weeks ago, members of the Chilean contingent of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were recognized for their service in a medal ceremony in Port au Prince.Mr. Kerim expressed his appreciation for Chile’s active role in the UN and its support for the reform initiatives. He also congratulated the signing of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), highlighting the increasing importance of regional organizations for the work of the UN.The Assembly President also held a meeting yesterday with the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alícia Bárcena, and met with the Resident Coordinator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Enrique Ganuza.Mr. Kerim continues his visit today with meetings with the Directors of the Ministry of External Relations of Chile, ECLAC officials and the UN Country Team. He also is expected to deliver a lecture at ECLAC on “the role of the United Nations in the globalized world: promoting a new culture of international relations.” After wrapping up his visit to Santiago, Mr. Kerim will depart for Buenos Aires. 30 July 2008Climate change, development and the food crisis were among the issues discussed by the President of the General Assembly and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in Santiago, the first stop on a three-nation tour for the head of the 192-member body. read more

Richard Hammonds car crash will affect The Grand Tour says Jeremy Clarkson

first_imgJeremy Clarkson has said that that new series of The Grand Tour will be affected by the injury on Saturday to fellow presenter Richard Hammond, who was seconds from death after the electric supercar he was driving crashed and burst into flames in Switzerland. Writing on DriveTribe, a digital platform for car enthusiasts, Clarkson, 57, said: “Many of you have been asking if Hammond’s broken knee will affect the filming for season two of the Grand Tour.”And the short answer is: yes.”As I write, James May is sitting in the hell hole that is Gatwick Airport waiting for a budget airline to take him to a shoot that Hammond should have been doing.”Meanwhile, I’ve been up since dawn, rewriting all of the scripts and ideas we had to accommodate the fact that Hammond can’t drive for the next few months.”Meanwhile, he is lying in a bed in the Swiss Alps, while pretty nurses attend to give his every need, and give him drugs.” It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 10, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said Hammond was referred to as a “body” following the incident and that he did not want to see him, “not after a crash that big”. “I could see the screen. I could see the paramedics behind it. I couldn’t see Hammond. I didn’t want to see him. Not after a crash that big.”Clarkson said they were then told Hammond was fine by their security man, and that he is sure his co-host will share further details “when the lucky sod feels up to it”. Clarkson wrote on Drive Tribe: “I don’t know what went wrong. Hopefully, when he comes out of surgery and is feeling up to it, he will be able to tell us.”What I do know is that I genuinely thought he was dead.” The 47-year-old climbed out of the car before the fire and suffered no serious injury, although he will need surgery to fix a broken leg.Yesterday, Clarkson told of the “coldness” he felt when he realised the crash had happened to his co-host, adding that his knees turned to “jelly”. Clarkson said he had finished filming for the day and was waiting for Hammond and fellow presenter James May to complete a hill climb when he learned that a test driver had had an “off” in one of the cars. He mistakenly thought it was a Lamborghini Aventador that had crashed and not the Rimac Concept One that Hammond had been driving. the car which was involved in a crash where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury, in Switzerland Initially angered, Clarkson said it quickly became obvious that something serious had happened.He wrote: “And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white. Hammond’s Rimac had been white.”And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed.”I was joined at this point by James who’d arrived on the scene just before me in his Honda NSX. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. ‘Hammond’s in there,’ he was screaming.” Richard Hammond  Hammond has apologised to his wife and children and joked that he is “not dead” in a video filmed from his hospital bed.A spokesman for The Grand Tour thanked paramedics for their “swift response” after the accident, adding that the cause is being investigated. Richard Hammond was referred to as a ‘body’ following the incident, Jeremy Clarkson saidCredit:Eric Gaillard/Reuters Clarkson added: “Then came news from a nearby marshal that he wasn’t. That he’d got out before the fire started. And that ‘his body’ – that’s what they said – was behind a screen at the bottom of the hill. Car crashing into a fence on the side of the road where Richard Hammond escaped serious injury This video still shows Hammond’s car veering off a hillside bendCredit:Nature Pictures/YouTube The remains of the car Richard Hammond was drivingCredit: Freuds/PAlast_img read more