Closing Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs to the Expert Group Meeting on “Accelerating Implementation through National Voluntary Presentations: Next Steps”
New York, 29 January 2010

Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have been informed that you have had two days of rich discussion.

I would like to thank the distinguished participants: NVP alumni, experts, delegates, government officials and representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, for making this event a success.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all who have shared their experiences, views and insights over the past two days.

Your frank and candid discussions have produced a wealth of ideas, which will benefit the National Voluntary Presentations and lay the foundation for the next steps in the NVP Process.

Furthermore, you have come up with valuable recommendations and suggestions for the advancement of the NVP process.

You have especially highlighted the role of the NVPs as a forum for exchanging critical lessons-learned and best practices in implementing National Development Strategies, and you have explored possibilities for strengthening and adding more value to this process.

One possible way is by establishing a voluntary mutual review process. You have also emphasized the benefits of creating a Community of Experts.

Your views, suggestions and recommendations will be incorporated into the paper and presented to you as a Background note. This will be completed as a report by Prof. Wangwe.

This Report will be shared with you and with other stakeholders of the NVP process shortly.

I am confident that the dialogue we have initiated will continue beyond this meeting and will be taken into consideration by the next generation of NVPs.

Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I encourage all of you to remain engaged in the NVP process. I would particularly like to count on your leadership in pursuing follow-up activities as suggested during the meeting.

I also invite you to contribute your unique expertise and insight for the benefit of the Council and actively engage in the upcoming session of National Voluntary Presentations in July. Your participation, particularly as Reviewers, would be a significant source of support for the upcoming NVPs.

In closing, I wish to thank you once more for your productive contributions to the meeting. To our distinguished NVP alumni, experts and Panellists, I hope you have had a pleasant stay in New York, and I wish you a safe return to your homes. To our distinguished delegates, I hope we will stay in close touch. With these words, this meeting is adjourned.

Thank you.