53 Countries and 4 Intl. Orgs to Attend 2012 Nuclear Security Summit

arirang.co.kr on March 22, 2012 released the following:

“Only the UN General Assembly hosts a larger gathering of governments.
The heads of 53 countries and four major international organizations will be in attendance next week at the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.
By region, six countries from the African continent, 24 from Europe, 17 from the Asia-Pacific region, and six countries from North and South America will attend the world’s largest meeting on security issues.
The total of countries is six more than took part in first Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington in 2010, and one more institution will attend: INTERPOL, the world’s largest police agency.
Although the 53 countries on the list make up less than one third of the total membership of the UN, they account for around 95 percent of the world’s economy, in terms of GDP.
And in terms of population, the participating countries are home to around 80 percent of the world population.
With that many heads of states gathered in one place, hundreds of bilateral and multilateral summit talks are expected to be held on the sidelines of the summit.
Although issues pertaining to North Korea are not on the summit’s official agenda, the topic is expected to be discussed, given that all the leaders of the countries represented in the six party talks, except for North Korea, will be present.
President Obama plans to spend three days in Korea, unusually long for a presidential visit.
Chinese President Hu Jintao will spend four days in Korea, two days more than during his previous visits to Korea.
And Korea will also receive some first-time visitors the heads of 12 countries, including Spain, Norway, Brazil and Ukraine, will pay official visits to Korea for the first time.
And for the presidents of Finland and four other countries, the summit will mark their first official visit to a foreign country since their inaugurations.
Among the 58 representatives, five of them are women, including Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schumidt and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Tagging along with all the world leaders: their entourages.
Seoul is expecting around ten-thousand visitors next week,.. including seven hundred bodyguards, and three thousand journalists.
Needless to say, the Seoul Metropolitan government is asking residents to take public transportation, whenever possible.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.”

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