Statement by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs on Behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations at the Closing Plenary Session of the Follow-Up International Conference to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus
Doha, Qatar, 2 December 2008

The Secretary-General regrets very much not being able to be with us at this closing plenary meeting today. Therefore, on behalf of the Secretary-General, I would like to say just a few words.

First, to reiterate our deep gratitude to the Emir, government and people of Qatar, for their generous hospitality and the excellent arrangements they have made for holding this Conference. Our people at the United Nations have been working closely with the Qatari authorities for several months, in order to make this happen. And we have consistently been shown extraordinary cooperation and a disposition to spare no effort to make this Conference a great success.

And a great success it has been. We can now safely say that the document that has just been adopted represents an important milestone in the struggle for development, and that it adds significant value to what we achieved in Monterrey almost seven years ago. On every aspect of the financing for development agenda, we can identify areas in which there has been progress. Perhaps this progress has not been as much as we would have wanted. But that is precisely one of the reasons why we came to Doha, to reiterate our political commitment to this process and to show our determination to continue to carry it forward. We now have our marching orders. And you can be sure that the Secretariat of the United Nations will fulfill its responsibilities with utmost dedication.

The success, of course, belongs most of all to the Member States themselves. It is they who constructed it, they who worked laboriously to reach it, and without their political will, it could not have been achieved.

We would also like to recognize the key role played by others in this process. I would just like to mention here, the key role of the President of the General Assembly and his two Facilitators, the two Special Envoys of the Secretary-General, and many officials of the United Nations system. We also cannot fail to recognize the crucial role played in this process by the other stakeholders, including many intergovernmental and regional organizations, civil society organizations and the business community.

Once again, Mr. President, thank you very much. Let us celebrate today and get back to work tomorrow.