President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in blazing red suit, presides over the powerful United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting Wednesday (Sept. 14, New York time) at the UN headquarters in New York City. The Philippines holds this month the rotating presidency of the UNSC, the most powerful UN body. President Arroyo is the first Filipino president, the first Asian head of state, and the first woman leader to preside over the UNSC Summit. Seated next to her at left is UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, while House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo are behind her. Others seated on both sides are heads of states representing the UNSC's 15-member countries attending the 2005 World Summit-High Level Plenary Meeting of the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly.
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