Its time for First Ladies to set out for a “special” tea reception at the residence of the United Nations Secretary General located along the 3 Sutton Place on the 57 Street, down town New York. The street is extraordinarily crowded with the United States security men and women. The police sirens signal the arrival of special guests. As such traffic along the street is blocked for awhile. First Ladies who are accompanying their husbands for the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York are making their way to the residence of the UN Secretary General. At the invitation of Mrs Ban Soon Taek, wife of the UN Secretary General, the First Spouses are about to participate in a special tea party void of snapshots and camera.
30 minutes before the tea party, First Ladies from all over the world began entering the residence of Mrs Ban Soon Taek. From a distance, one could figure out the arrival of the First Lady of Cameroon, Mrs Chantal Biya as well as the First lady of Nigeria, Gabon, Turkey, Sri-Lanka, Côte d’Ivoire and Austria. The arrival of the First Lady of the United States, Mrs Michelle Obama, Ladies certainly exchanged and shared ideas on what they are doing to assist their husbands in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which is one of the main reasons why their husbands are currently at the United Nations General Assembly Probably, the First Spouses talked about the role they have to play as women in helping their various governments in achieving the MDGs, particularly that of gender justice and poverty which has been regarded key element in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This is in line with what the UN Secretary General said last June 2010 when he stated that “Social, political and economic equality for women is integral to the achievements of all MDGs. Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals – peace, security, sustainable development stands in jeopardy”.
The “Tea Reception” certainly was a unique occasion for the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly for the second time to salute the presence of other First Ladies in New York. Before the tea outing, the First Lady was present at the main conference hall of the UN for the opening of general debates at the United Nations General Assembly.