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New York, 13 November 2012

President of the General Assembly addresses the members of the Second Committee of the General Assembly

The President of the General Assembly Mr. Vuk Jeremić addressed today the meeting of the Second Committee of the General Assembly. He noted that the Second Committee stands at the nexus of a number of the multi-faceted issues facing the General Assembly. In this regard, he encouraged members of the Second and Third Committee to work more closely together on items that fall within their respective agendas.

In particular, the President indicated his strong support for the Five Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security. He urged the Second Committee to focus its efforts on implementing the comprehensive twin-track approach to ownership, investments and fighting hunger, which was reaffirmed in the Declaration adopted at the 2009 Rome World Food Summit.

On sovereign debt, the President noted the importance of the first-ever debate on enhancing sovereign debt restructuring and debt resolution mechanisms, held under the auspices of the General Assembly on 25 October.

In regard to the UN Operational Activities, the President expressed hope that the Second Committee will devise appropriate, forward-looking strategies for the United Nations Development Group, funds and programs, specialized agencies and the High-Level Committee on Management, so that recipient countries will be provided with more coherent and cost-effective support services.

The President stressed the importance of launching a process leading to the establishment of a consultative framework between the General Assembly and the Group of 20 (G-20), with the participation of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He noted that this will provide both G-20 and non-G-20 Member States with an opportunity to present their views on economic and financial governance issues that affect the entire world.

Touching upon the post-2015 development agenda, the President noted the importance of the opportunities for Member States to exchange views and seek clarifications on the process for the establishment of the post-2015 development agenda. In this regard, he mentioned the informal meeting of the plenary convened on 7 November, where Member States were briefed on the activities of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel, established at the Rio+20 Conference. The President noted that he expects similar briefings to be conducted after meetings of the Panel, which are scheduled to take place in Liberia in Indonesia in 2013.

Focusing on Sustainable Development Goals, the President underlined the critical importance of enhancing coordination between the General Assembly, ECOSOC, the Secretariat, and other institutional stakeholders. He urged the Member States to come to a consensus on establishing the working group tasked with proposing the list of Sustainable Development Goals. The President expressed his view that it was not acceptable to further delay the work on defining the SDGs.


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