THRUSTS AND PRIORITIES
Disarmament and International Security (First Committee)
Consistent with its position since becoming a charter member of the United Nations, the Philippines will support any and all measures, including new principles and approaches to disarmament that would lead to the enhancement of international peace and security.
We will support all efforts to reduce or eliminate weapons of mass destruction. We will continue to call on Nuclear Weapon States to fulfill their obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). We will continue to assist in achieving the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). We will join efforts to convince States not party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to sign and ratify the convention without delay.
Nuclear Weapons Free Zones
We will support the establishment of nuclear-weapons free zones around the world and call on Nuclear Weapon States to respect these zones, particularly the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone.
Small Arms and Light Weapons
The Philippines will continue to pursue the implementation of the Program of Action adopted by the United Nations Conference to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects.
Economic and Financial (Second Committee)
As a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (September 2007), the Philippines will join international efforts aimed at including persons with disabilities in development opportunities. We will focus on mainstreaming the perspective of persons with disabilities and linking this to the Millennium Development Goals.
The Philippines will promote the universal acceptance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Protocols. We will support initiatives by the United Nations Childrens Fund (Unicef) to implement the recommendation in the document, "World Fit for Children." We will seek measures to eradicate child trafficking and prevent children from being affected by armed conflict.
As an advocate for the rights of indigenous persons and as a key player in the passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Philippines will continue to institute policies and actions to operationalize its commitment to the indigenous population of the Philippines based on the universal principles of both human rights and development for marginalized communities.
Special Political and Decolonization
The Philippines, considered the largest contributor of individual police officers to the United Nations, will continue to expand and enhance its participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions by deploying additional military and police personnel in conflict areas around the world where the services of Filipino peacekeepers would be needed.
We look forward to serving in other mission areas in addition to Afghanistan, Cote d' Ivoire, Darfur, Georgia, Haiti, Kosovo, Liberia, Nepal, the Sudan and Timor-Leste. We are also ready to contribute police and military officers to serve at United Nations Headquarters.
The Philippines remain committed to the peacekeeping roadmap outlined in Peace Operations 2010 and will support efforts to strengthen the peacekeeping capacity of the United Nations through the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support.
We remain guided by the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse committed by peacekeeping personnel and will support all initiatives intended to address this issue. We would like to see the implementation of the revised Memorandum of Understanding and the finalization of the Capstone Doctrine that shall serve as the reference guide in planning, managing and conducting modern-day peacekeeping and the Comprehensive Strategy on Victim Assistance.
The Philippines will also continue to exert efforts to ensure the safety and security of UN peacekeepers.
We will encourage the Administrative Powers to comply with their international legal duties towards territories under their administration. We will support measures to accelerate economic and social progress in Non-Self-Governing Territories.
The Philippines will continue to support the Department of Public Information (DPI) in delivering the good news about the United Nations to a large and diverse global audience as possible. We will support the DPI's efforts to further generate and sustain global public interest on the key thematic priorities of the UN--Peace and security, climate change, the Millennium Development Goals and human rights.
We will encourage the DPI to promote and strengthen dialogue among civilizations and the culture of peace as a means of enhancing understanding among nations. We would like the DPI to continue pursuing these efforts and provide the necessary support by using the mass media to foster religious and cultural understanding, especially the Philippine efforts to promote interfaith cooperation.
The Philippines reaffirms its commitment to contribute to the work of the United Nations in promoting peaceful uses of outer space through its membership in the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
The Philippines will continue to support COPUOS which continues to play a lead role not only in promoting the development of space technologies and applications that are beneficial to mankind and the environment but also in creating the necessary conditions for non-space faring and developing countries to share in the benefits afforded by these technologies.
The Philippines will continue to highlight the role of space technology and applications in disaster prevention, response and management. The Philippines will underscore the importance of international cooperation in assisting developing countries in the development of their respective space technology/applicationprograms.
Administrative and Budgetary
United Nations Charter
The Philippine Mission will actively participate in the work of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization.
The Philippine Mission will actively participate in the work of the Ad Hoc Committee established by resolution 51/210 of 17 December 1996 on international terrorism. We will assist in finding a compromise on the outstanding question on the scope of the draft Comprehensive Conventions on Terrorism and on Nuclear Terrorism. We will continue, however, to oppose the formula relegating the draft comprehensive convention on terrorism to a secondary role in relation to specific terrorism conventions.
Cloning of Human Beings
The Philippine Mission will press for the comprehensive banning of all forms of human embryonic cloning. We will work closely with like-minded delegations to promote the Philippine position on cloning.
The Philippine Mission will promote the idea that the best way for the UN to respond to crises is to spot them before they occur, which is a more efficient and less costly approach to the maintenance of international peace and security. We will support efforts at addressing the root causes of potential conflicts. We will ensure that activities pursued in this regard will be in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter.
Reform of the United Nations
The Philippine Mission will assist in strengthening the role of the UN to enable it to address global challenges effectively. We will support measures to revitalize the General Assembly as the principal deliberative body in the United Nations.
Reform of the Security Council
The Philippine Mission will actively participate in the on-going work to introduce reforms in the Security Council. We will support change in the structure of the membership of the Security Council to reflect the increase both in numbers and diversity of the United Nations over the years. We will join efforts to improve the transparency of the decision-making process of the Security Council.
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