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New York, 18 July 2011

Security Council reform Conference in Mexico

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, participated today in Mexico, in a Conference on Security Council Reform, convened by the Mexican Government.

Addressing participants, President Deiss reiterated that the intergovernmental negotiations are Member States driven. The President of the General Assembly stressed that throughout his mandate, he has been welcoming every initiative from Member States that can contribute to moving the process forward.

Noting that the decision to forge the solution ultimately lies with Member States, the President of the General Assembly indicated that success in reforming the UN Security Council will be an important contribution to making the global governance system more representative of the new world order and to creating a world that is safer, more democratic, more representative and more prosperous. President Deiss urged Member States to take their responsibilities, embark on real negotiations and display a constructive, realistic and flexible attitude.

Meeting with the President of the Security Council

Before traveling over the weekend to Mexico, President Deiss met on Friday 15 July with H.E. Mr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, in his capacity as the current President of the Security Council for the month of July 2011.

Both Presidents discussed a number of important regional issues, including the situation in the Middle East as well as the Council’s open debate on the impact of climate change on the maintenance of international peace and security. The President of the General Assembly holds regular meetings with the Presidents of the Principal Organs of the United Nations, as provided for in the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, to ensure enhanced cooperation and coordination in their work programmes in accordance with their respective responsibilities under the Charter.