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President of the 63rd Session of the General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann

29 September 2008

Statement Summary

H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann

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MIGUEL D’ESCOTO BROCKMANN (Nicaragua), President of the General Assembly, said that although the general debate had taken place in a “troubling time” for the world, the stage was being set for changes that would bring genuine democracy to the United Nations.  Indeed, the Assembly had heard from 111 Heads of State and Government, who had outlined priority concerns and reaffirmed that the Assembly remained the most important -- and most democratic forum -- for global debate.  “The General Assembly enables the dialogue that is essential to identify and, more importantly, agree on solutions to our most pressing problems.”

He said the “deeply flawed” global economic system teetered on the brink of collapse, with the turmoil perhaps most starkly reflected in the world food crisis.  In recent days, the Assembly had heard concrete and far-ranging proposals that, if implemented, would prevent the food crisis from becoming a prolonged catastrophe.  It was clear that solutions to such man-made problems called for human solutions.  “We must take brave steps to defuse the time bombs that are ticking at the heart of virtually all our societies.  We must reorder our priorities if we are to fulfil the promises of security and well-being that billions of people have entrusted to us.”

There were undeniable signs that the Assembly was getting its priorities straight, he continued, calling attention to the two high-level meetings on the special needs of Africa and the Millennium Development Goals.  Those meetings had generated unmistakable momentum for a successful gathering in Doha that would focus on financing for development.  The Assembly had also heard urgent appeals for a stronger United Nations, with leaders expressing enthusiastic support for the Assembly’s decision to enter into serious negotiations on the make-up of the Security Council in coming months -- a central discussion for the Organization’s future.  “If we hope to climb out of the terrible mess we have created, we must treat each other with respect and love.”  States must make a difference in the months ahead.

[Source: GA/10758]