"Strengthening the United Nations"
Open-ended informal consultations of the plenary
Concluding remarks by H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan, President
of the 57th session of the UN General Assembly
would like to thank all of you who have actively participated
in this fruitful dialogue, for your comments and questions raised
in the course of the informal consultations.
am also very grateful for the opportunity to have with us the
Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs. Louise Frechette, who - together
with other high ranking officials from the Secretariat - provided
responses to your queries.
have devoted a good amount of time, five plenary meetings and
four informal consultations, to consider the UN reform proposals
of the Secretary-General. We have heard numerous statements and
interventions on the subject and I believe that all proposed actions
are now much clearer for all of us. I was particularly pleased
to realize that all delegations that expressed their concerns
and reservations to some proposed actions, did so in a constructive
manner often suggesting possible solutions. . It seems to me that
we have already found a common ground of understanding on many
issues. Still I am convinced that we will need to spend more time
together in trying to come to a consensus.
Vice-President, H.E. Mr. Abdul Mejid Hussein and I, made good
notes of your concerns and suggestions and we will reflect them
in our non-paper. We have begun drafting the non-paper that will
be, with the assistance of the facilitators, completed by the
middle of next week. Immediately afterwards, it will be distributed
to all delegations.
many of you realize, the time-table that I outlined last time,
is extremely tight. Therefore, I appeal to you to dedicate your
attention to consulting your capitals and also within the respective
groups as soon as you have received the non-paper. As you know,
our next informal consultations are scheduled for 27 November.
I am looking forward to your participation and our continued cooperation.
Thank you for your attention. This meeting is adjourned.