61st Session of the GA - Open-ended Informal Consultations of the Plenary on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly
61st Session of the General Assembly
Open-ended Informal Consultations of the Plenary on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly
H.E. Ambassador João Salgueiro
Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations
on behalf of the European Union
New York, 13 July 2007
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
I would like to start by reiterating the EU´s commitment to General Assembly revitalization and by commending the steps taken by the President of the General Assembly in this regard.
The EU appreciates your dedication to the objective of GA revitalization. We thank you for your efforts and for the interactive debates and widespread consultations that took place under your able chairmanship.
We believe that those consultations provided ample opportunities for delegations to receive first-hand information on Member States´ positions vis-à-vis GA revitalization and to get an accurate assessment on where the membership as a whole stands on this important issue.
Those discussions will remain as an important contribution to future work. We thank you for that.
The EU participated actively in all rounds of consultations and listened carefully to the statements and points made by all delegations. We have also studied carefully the texts you have presented to us, including the latest version of the draft resolution.
I would recall that we did so, considering that, at this stage, priority attention should be attached to the implementation of existing resolutions and believing that the GA revitalizes itself, first and foremost, when it takes up issues of genuine concern to our peoples and to the international community as a whole.
In this context, the EU wishes to commend the President of the GA for convening thematic debates on issues of particular relevance to the membership.
In spite of the valuable and much appreciated efforts by the facilitators, the debates and consultations held so far have confirmed that in view of this item’s long history on the agenda of the GA it will be difficult to make any quick gains which go much beyond what was discussed and agreed upon less than a year ago in resolution 60/286.
With this in mind we believe that, under your leadership, we should continue our work on the basis of paragraph 31 of resolution 60/286 and focus our attention on implementation.
In this context, the report envisaged in the above referred paragraph could include, for future reference, many of the ideas and proposals discussed in the current session.
The EU would also favour a short procedural resolution requesting the SG to submit an updated report on implementation of resolutions on GA revitalization that would serve as a basis for further work in the 62nd session.
The EU believes this is the best way to proceed and will strive, in a constructive and pragmatic manner, to help to bring this issue to a swift successful outcome.