The Financial Times on the UN conference:
Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly - in office for a year - have little time to make themselves at home. [...] But for the UN's big powers the end of Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann's tenure in September cannot come soon enough. Western diplomats accuse him of abusing his position to pursue his own radical agenda and of bringing the UN into disrepute.
The latest bone of contention is his plan for a summit of world leaders later this month to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on developing countries. The event was mandated by member states in Doha last year, but critics reject His ambitions to use it to try to redesign the international financial architecture. Reforming bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, they argue, is best left to the Group of Eight and Group of 20 and is outside the remit of the General Assembly, the so-called G192 of all UN member states. Full article