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United Nations, New York, 28 June 2011

The United Nations in Global Governance

In closing the thematic debate on the United Nations in Global Governance he convened today in New York, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, hoped that the discussion would stimulate political will from Member States and other stake holders to take the important step to reform the United Nations and strengthen global governance.

Highlighting the facts that are improving global governance in general as well as the tension between the global nature of challenges and the sovereignty of Member States, President Deiss stressed that the system needs to find a balance between leadership, legitimacy and efficiency in a coordinated and coherent fashion.

Assessing a wide consensus about the need to improve the system of global economic governance in general, the President of the General Assembly urged Member States to go beyond crisis management and address development and economic disparities. President Deiss noted that many participants mentioned that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is a Principal Organ that has legitimacy and is mandated to play a greater role on economic matters. Other participants underlined the need to strengthen ECOSOC.

President Deiss expressed his gratitude and highest appreciation to the keynote speakers, panelists and participants for the quality of their discussions and the range of ideas expressed throughout the thematic debate.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made opening remarks at the debate. H.E. Mr. Danilo Turk, President of the Republic of Slovenia, and Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, were the keynote speakers. Panelists included:

The thematic debate on global governance is part of a series of initiatives on the topic of global governance by the President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly.