I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Non Alignment Movement Working Group on United Nations and Revitalization of the General Assembly.
NAM welcomes the adoption by consensus of the draft resolution on further measures for the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly contained in document A/58/66. The resolution 58/126 of 19 December 2003 as well as the one just adopted represent, indeed, an important step for more substantive improvements towards a genuine revitalization of the work of the General Assembly, bearing in mind that the ultimate goal of the ongoing process is “to enable the Assembly to play its role effectively as the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative body of the United Nations”, as outlined in paragraph 30 of the Millennium Declaration.
NAM would like to express its deep appreciation to you, Mr President, for your strong leadership and the extraordinary commitment you have shown as well as for the tireless efforts you have made throughout the long and rather complex process which led to the adoption on schedule of this landmark resolution on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly during this session.
NAM looks forward to the follow-up to the provisions contained in the two resolutions at the forthcoming sessions and stresses the need for ensuring an effective, full and proper implementation of the provisions of the resolution 58/126 as well as those of the new resolution.
In this context, NAM would like to highlight the following points regarding the content of this resolution:
- As for section B entitled: Organisation of the agenda of the General Assembly, NAM stresses that this arrangement, which is to be reviewed in its entirety at the 61st session, is solely for the purposes of illustration and will neither prejudge nor adversely affect the way in which the work of the Assembly is organized and carried out, in particular regarding the format of sessions where plenary and other agenda items are considered as well as the presentation and action on and scope of draft resolutions;
- Concerning the section C entitled: Practices and working methods of the Main Committees, NAM underlines the necessity that all Main Committees should be bound by the Rules of Procedures of the General Assembly as stated in paragraph 3 of this section and that all Member States be actively involved in the process of the implementation of the various provisions of the section;
- With regard to section D entitled: Review of the agenda of the General Assembly, NAM stresses the importance of the agreed principle of consultation with and consent of concerned Member States before making proposals to the General Assembly;
- Concerning the section F entitled: Documentation, NAM is of the view that the forthcoming discussions on this issue should be conducted in light of the implementation of paragraph 7 of the resolution 58/126 and paragraph 20 of resolution 57/300, and in accordance with the principle of providing adequate and sufficient information as agreed to by Member States.
In closing, NAM wishes one again to thank you as well as the six facilitators for the tireless efforts made throughout the session in advancing the process of the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly.
NAM trusts that this ongoing process will continue under the chairmanship and guidance of the President elect of the 59th session to further enhance the authority and role of the General Assembly and improve its efficiency and effectiveness, so as to make the Assembly the central body of the United Nations in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and the Millennium Declaration, as stated in paragraph 1 of section B of the Annex to the resolution 58/126.
I thank you, Mr President.