Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly
remarks by H.E. Mr. Jan KAVAN
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Distinguished Delegates, Colleagues
me start by distinguishing the two closely interrelated, yet separate
agenda items, both discussed in the format of the informal consultation
this week: agenda item 52: Strengthening of the United Nations
system, which is associated with the report of the Secretary-General
"Strengthening of the United Nations: an agenda for further
change" (A/57/387) and agenda item 53: Revitalization of
the work of the General Assembly where the key document is the
Note by the President of the 56th session of the General Assembly
on the Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (A/56/1005).
I mentioned, both agenda items are interrelated and share some
common issues. Together with the reform of the Security Council,
they constitute the pillars of the efforts to make our Organization
more efficient and better prepared to deal with challenges ahead.
our consultations, the document A/56/1005 - the Note by the President
of the 56th General Assembly on the GA revitalization will serve
us as the base. It contains a range of issues discussed during
the previous sessions. I wan to emphasize, however, that any new
suggestions by Member States are most welcome.
I would like to bring your attention to the need to set a formula
for the opening and duration of the GA general debate, which are
required by a number of Member States. The idea of fixing the
date for the general debate was included in the Memorandum of
the Secretary-General for the General Committee this year (A/BUR/57/1).
The General Committee recommended that idea to the General Assembly,
and the GA approved this recommendation of the General Committee.
I plan to submit a draft resolution on this topic in the near
have been of great assistance to my predecessors in the GA revitalization
efforts, and therefore I have decided to re-establish the group
of facilitators as early in the session as possible. I am grateful
to Amb. Mahbubani of Singapore and Amb. Kumalo of South Africa
for deciding to continue their work on this important issue. Further,
I have appointed Amb. Schori of Sweden, Amb. Gallegos Chiriboga
of Ecuador and Amb. Kerim of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
as new facilitators. I will continue to use the expertise of Amb.
Kmonícek who has worked as the facilitator for the Eastern
European Group during the past session.
regret I see some of the most able contributors to the revitalization
process leave the group of facilitators. Please allow me therefore
to express my greatest appreciation to the outgoing facilitators,
Amb. Lévitte of France and Amb. Valdés of Chile,
whose input to the revitalization efforts has been invaluable.
I am very pleased that they have decided to share their experience
and insight with us today.
look forward to hear their concrete proposals and I expect that
we will consider them very seriously and build on them in our
future deliberations of this important topic.