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STATEMENT BY MS. OCHIR ENKHTSETSEG, DIRECTOR-GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF MULTILATERAL COOPERATION
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MONGOLIA
On agenda items 52 “Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly”
and 54 “Strengthening of the United Nations system”
at the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York October 5, 2004
My delegation welcomes the combined discussion of the two important issues, namely Strengthening of the United Nations system and Revitalization of the General Assembly as the first agenda item in the plenary following the General Debate where the majority of the world leaders reaffirmed anew their determination to speed up the reform of the world Organization so that it can effectively meet the emerging threats and challenges of the new Millennium. We share the view that the Secretary-General’s report in response to the Panel of Eminent Persons’ report on UN-Civil Society Relations and the Cardoso report itself give us much food for thought as we move on with the reform of the United Nations. My delegation also wishes to thank the Deputy Secretary-General for her lucid introduction of the agenda items before us.
Mongolia shares the conclusion of the Secretary-General that expanding and deepening the relationship with civil society will further strengthen the United Nations and enhance the quality and depth of policy analysis for the intergovernmental debates on issues of global importance. We welcome the major thrust of the Cardoso report on the need to make the world Organization a more outward-looking institution which would help “to connect the global with the local”. In pursuing these objectives, indeed, an effective multi-stakeholder partnership has to be developed. However, as to the specific modalities of engaging with the civil society and other pertinent recommendations put forward in the Secretary-General’s report, the views expressed so far by the member States suggest that further consideration and discussion is needed while bearing in mind the undisputed intergovernmental character of the world Organization.
The issue of strengthening the United Nations system is a multi-faceted task encompassing, inter alia, restructuring, reform and revitalization of its principal organs as well as streamlining of the Secretariat. Among them, no doubt, the revitalization of the General Assembly and reform of the Security Council score high. In moving forward the reform process all countries ought to actively participate displaying genuine political commitment and determination as we believe that the United Nations can be made as effective as we, the Member States, want it to be. In this regard, Mongolia is eagerly awaiting the High-level Panel Report on Threats, Challenges and Change, and ensuing recommendations by the Secretary-General so that we can collectively engage in moving the reform forward through taking bold steps as we commemorate next year the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations.
On the issue of the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly, my delegation shares the view that the General Assembly ought to regain its central role as the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative body of the United Nations. This should be the main objective of the ongoing revitalization process, to which Mongolia has been and remains fully committed.
We highly commend the work carried out by the former President of the General Assembly Mr. Julian R. Hunte and his facilitators to revitalize the General Assembly. The two resolutions – A/RES/58/126 and A/RES/58/316- adopted under his skilful leadership proved to be by far the most far-reaching actions in more than a decade. They have laid tangible groundwork for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the General Assembly. Significant as they are we should, nevertheless, aim higher and work with vigor to further enhance the role and authority of the General Assembly through undertaking truly innovative approaches in the months ahead.
We share the view that the recently introduced practice of holding periodic meetings between Presidents of the General Assembly, the Security Council and the ECOSOC as well as the measures designed to strengthen the Office of the President and the institutional development of the General Committee are all important beginnings in enhancing the role of the General Assembly.
Furthermore, periodic submission of special subject-oriented reports by the Security Council to the General Assembly on issues of current international concern; increased interactive debates; better conceptualization of the content of the agenda of the General Assembly, including through clustering, biennialization, triannualization and elimination of items; reduction of the heavy volume of documentation; drafting and adopting concise, focused, and action-oriented resolutions will help further advance the ongoing process of improving the working methods of the General Assembly. In this regard, we welcome that the agenda of this session of the General Assembly has been divided into 9 headings corresponding to the priorities of the Organization with a view to achieving a better presentation of the issues and challenges faced by the Assembly and making its work more accessible in pursuance of the resolution 58/316. However, we also believe that any rationalization effort should not in any way diminish the importance of development issues on the agenda as they pertain to the economic and social well-being of peoples, on whose very behalf this Organization was founded.
Mr. President, over the last decade the General Assembly, through its resolutions, has outlined specific measures aimed at rationalizing its working methods and improving its efficiency. All in all, these measures put more emphasis on the rationalization of the agenda of the General Assembly and improving its working methods. Although they have brought a positive bearing on the functioning of the General Assembly, we believe that there is still ample room for further improvement to be made to the substantive aspects of the revitalization of the General Assembly, i.e. enhancing its role and authority. In this respect, my delegation is of the view that innovative approaches need to be further explored in order to better monitor the follow-up of resolutions of the General Assembly and most importantly to ensure their implementation by member States. Some thoughts and suggestions have already been aired by previous speakers in that regard which, we believe, merit further discussion and elaboration in the months ahead. We also look forward in that regard to the Secretary-General’s report on all aspects of implementation of resolutions A/RES/58/126 and A/RES/58/316 to be submitted to the General Assembly at its 60th session. My delegation trusts that it will provide us with actionable recommendations to further revitalize the General Assembly.
Mr. President, we believe in your leadership and trust that you will successfully guide us to work collectively towards making the world Organization better equipped to serve the needs of its member States and effectively meet the formidable challenges of today’s world. And in so doing, Mr. President, you may fully count on my delegation’s unreserved support and collaboration.