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New York, 16 November 2012

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

The President of the General Assembly Mr. Vuk Jeremić addressed today the meeting of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly. He noted that the Fifth Committee bears a heavy responsibility in dealing with the critical issue of financing the Organization and its activities, including human resources, management reforms and governance, as well as oversight matters.

In particular, the President noted that one of the main issues on the Committee’s agenda is the Secretary-General’s proposal on mobility policy, which aims to make the UN workforce more dynamic and adaptable for the evolving needs of the Organization. He expressed hope that the Committee’s decisions will advance the central goal of the HR reform – to modernize and to continue to improve the performance of UN staff. 

With regards to the Capital Master Plan, the President stressed that concern of Member States on the transparency and financial aspect of the CMP is completely understandable. In his view, it was critically important that the remaining portion of the project was finished in the scheduled timeframe and within the existing budget.

The President highlighted the importance of financing peacekeeping operations. He urged the members of the Committee to work in the spirit of compromise when they begin deliberations on the scale for the peacekeeping operations, as well as on modalities for reimbursements to Troop Contributing Countries.

Speaking about the revitalization of the General Assembly, the President respectfully urged the Committee to consider raising the current allocation for the Office of the President of the General Assembly, starting with the 69th Session, in order to reduce in future sessions the undue burden on the national budget of the Member State whose representative presides over the plenary The President noted that national financial constraints should not be a factor in determining whether a country chooses to put a candidate forward for consideration as the PGA.

The President encouraged the members of the Fifth Committee to stay on course, and to reach consensus on all agenda items. He expressed his hope that, in spite of all the complexities involved, the Committee will conclude its deliberations according to the programme of work.


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