STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. JAN KAVAN,
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE
NEW YORK, JULY 8, 2002
Ms. Deputy Secretary-General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honor and privilege for me to be
elected President of the 57th session of the United Nations
General Assembly. I am really very grateful to all Member States,
particularly the Group of the Eastern European countries, for
the confidence with which they duly entrusted my country and
myself in this election.
I would like also to highly commend the work
of President Han, the facilitators and other colleagues who
have worked really tirelessly on the resolution we have just
adopted today. This is really important achievement that will
ensure smoother transition of responsibilities of the United
Nations General Assembly Presidents and will, of course, enable
me and all future Presidents to be better prepared for the demanding
During my presidency, I am committed to work
towards effective implementation of the Millennium Declaration,
the Monterrey Consensus and the outcome of World Summit on Sustainable
Development. I will pay special attention to the foremost task
of the UN - maintenance of peace and security, including conflict
prevention and, of course, fight against international terrorism.
I am confident that regular consultations and mutual cooperation
among the principal UN organs are crucial for better functioning
of the Organization. And I am obviously aware of the need to
build on the ongoing process of the revitalization of the General
The Czech Republic has always been a strong advocate of the
notion of the United Nations, its values and its principles.
As an active participant in drafting the Charter of the United
Nations, Czechoslovakia, and later the Czech Republic, witnessed
the evolution of the United Nations into an institution, whose
role in maintaining international peace and security, cooperating
in economic, social, and humanitarian areas, and promoting respect
for human rights, is extremely important and I believe irreplaceable.
With the support of the Vice-Presidents, the Chairmen of the
main committees and all other distinguished colleagues, I would
like to further enhance our work, facilitate dialogue and consensus-
finding in the spirit of constructive cooperation and mutual
understanding. I am convinced that I can count on the experienced
assistance of the Secretary-General and his staff which I want
to make full use of. I believe that we, together, can make the
work of the General Assembly much more dynamic and result-oriented,
the on-going process of the UN reform more efficient and the
entire United Nations more coherent.
Let me conclude, Mr. President, by saying that
I look forward to a fruitful cooperation with all 189 - and
soon to be 191 - delegations of the Member States in the work
of the 57th United Nations General Assembly.
Thank you, Mr. President.