NAM/FMM/GA58/Chair/Stmt./3
26 September 2003

REMARKS BY THE CHAIRMAN, THE HON. SYED HAMID ALBAR,
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
AT THE CLOSING SESSION OF

THE MEETING OF THE MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT AT THE 58TH SESSION

OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS

 NEW YORK, 26 SEPTEMBER 2003   

Excellencies,
Distinguished Delegates,
 

We have come to the end of our Meeting.  We have had an extremely useful Interactive Session in the morning and have listened to statements made by Delegations in the plenary. 

Many important points have been made by distinguished Delegates during the Interactive Session.  Among these, the salient points are as the following: 

1.     The vital importance of multilateralism in the international system which must             be further promoted and strengthened in a sustained manner; 

2.     The importance of giving support to the UN and the centrality of its role, within the framework of multilateralism; 

3.     The urgency of pursuing the reform of the UN, particularly that of the Security Council, in order to make it more democratic, effective and responsive to the needs of Member States; 

4.     The need to give strong support for the efforts of the Secretary-General in the reform of the UN system; 

5.     For NAM to support the Secretary-General’s intention to establish an Eminent Persons Group, which, as had been pointed out, was already agreed to by NAM, as contained in the Final Document of the XIII NAM Summit; 

6.     The importance of NAM submitting its inputs to the Secretary-General on the Eminent Persons Group, which should include eminent personalities from NAM Member Countries.  It was also suggested that NAM should provide inputs in respect of the guidelines for the Eminent Persons Group; 

7.     The concern on the slipping away of the Millennium Development Goals, whose trend must be arrested; 

8.     Related to the above, there is the urgent need to strengthen the role of NAM in international economic and trade issues, particularly in the wake of Cancun; 

9.     The need to enhance NAM cooperation and coordination with the G-77 in the context of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC), so as to ensure the effectiveness of the developing countries in international fora; 

        I, myself, had stressed this point in my statement at the Ministerial Meeting of            the G-77 on 25 September 2003.       

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 10. The most important point of all – mentioned by virtually all speakers – is the vital importance of revitalizing the Movement and of enhancing our unity, cohesion and   solidarity, which are essential if we are to be taken seriously and to ensure that our voice is heard.

These are all extremely useful suggestions, made both during the Interactive Session and in the formal statements by Delegations.  They deserve our careful consideration, with a view to taking appropriate follow-up action. 

As part of this follow up action, a number of steps could in fact be pursued almost immediately, such as the following:- 

  1. For NAM to table a draft resolution on enhancing multilateralism, centrality of the UN and adherence to the UN Charter and international law.  In this regard, a draft resolution prepared by the NAM Troika has been circulated.  We should task the NAM-CoB to finalise the draft resolution, with a view to taking action at this session of the General Assembly; 

  2. For the NAM-CoB to be mandated to examine all the proposals made today and for it to engage in consultations with other Groups and to recommend appropriate follow-up actions; 

  3. For the Chair of NAM to communicate with the Secretary-General and to express NAM’s support for his efforts and convey to him our inputs with respect to the establishment of the Eminent Persons Group; particularly on the composition of the Group and the guidelines for the work of the Group. 

With your approval, the Chair of NAM will be writing to the UN Secretary-General shortly and to convey to him the views of the Movement; and 

  1. For the NAM-CoB to be mandated to interact, work closely with and support the President of the General Assembly in his efforts to revitalize the UN General Assembly.  This is to ensure that our views will be taken into account in the revitalization exercise.

In closing, let me thank you again for your participation at this meeting and particularly for your very valuable contributions during the Interactive Session this morning. 

Thank you.