Ban Ki-moon and Australia`s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday discussed the famine in Somalia and the drought-related humanitarian crisis in the wider Horn of Africa, as well as developments in Libya and Syria, when the United Nations chief called on the minister at his home in Canberra.
Their discussions also touched on the work of the Secretary-General`s Global Sustainability Panel, of which Mr. Rudd is a member, and forthcoming high-level meetings on nuclear safety and security, and women`s and children`s health during the General Assembly session in New York later this month.
The 21-member High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability was created by the Secretary-General in August 2009 and tasked with finding ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring that economic development is environmentally friendly.
The Panel brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society in countries rich and poor.
Mr. Ban, who is on a four-nation visit to the Pacific region " Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Kiribati " said he was glad that Mr. Rudd was recovering well from his recent heart surgery.