Item 52 - Strengthening of the United Nations system
Introductory remarks by H. E. Mr. Jan Kavan, President of the
Fifty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly
12 November 2002
will continue our consideration of the report of the Secretary-General
entitled "Strengthening of the United Nations: an agenda
for further change" (document A/57/387 and Corrigendum1).
so, let me briefly inform you about the time-frame of the process
of our further deliberations on this matter.
consultations of the plenary on this item will be held on Thursday
afternoon 14 November, to consider the remaining actions 21 -
24 (Section V - allocating resources to priorities). Thus, we
will conclude the "clarification phase" of the process
of our consideration of the UN reform.
At the end
of this week, taking into account all your comments and suggestions
made during the debate, as well as during the four informal consultations
we will have had by Thursday, 14 November, on this Agenda Item,
the Vice-President and I will draft a non-paper, which will be
circulated to you on 21 November 2002. Let me reassure you, that
each delegation is welcomed to contact me, the Vice-president
or the facilitators directly and communicate its further concerns,
ideas and suggestions at any time. [Those of you who might have
a concrete wording to be incorporated into the draft are invited
to communicate it as soon as possible, preferably by Friday 15
A few days
later, on 27 November, the fifth open-ended informal consultations
will be held providing an opportunity for the Member States to
express their views on the non-paper. On the basis of your comments
and suggestions, a draft resolution will be prepared and circulated
to you on 3 December for another round of your consideration.
Subsequently, the sixth informal consultations will be held on
6 December 2002. I believe that the draft resolution can be finalized
and adopted in the second week of December so that the work of
the General Assembly in 2002 can be concluded as scheduled in
its Programme of work. In this respect, I invite you once again,
for a constructive collaboration.
At our meeting
this afternoon, we will consider proposed Actions 1 through 20
and 25 through 35 of the report of the Secretary-General. This
will provide an opportunity for those delegations who did not
speak on Actions 1 and 6 through 18 before, to do so now.
Room Papers (documents A/57/CRP.1, 2 and 3) have been circulated
to delegations and are available at the Documents Distribution
Counter in this Room. Let me thank the Secretariat for timely
issuance of both CRP.2 and CRP.3 which were distributed to the
Member States on Friday 8 November. I assume that all delegations
have had enough time to study them prior to the informal consultations.
I would like
to propose that we divide our discussion into 2 parts:
- first, we will consider the actions covered by CRP.2, e.g. actions
2 - 5 (strengthening of the human rights), actions 19 - 20 (partnership)
and actions 25 - 35 (human resources management),
- second, in the remaining time we will hear some residual comments