September 10, 2014 2:40 pm

Harper to address UN General Assembly

Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday June 17, 2014.

Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

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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