Hoc Working Group
On the Integrated and Coordinated Implementation of and Follow-Up
to the Outcomes of the Major United Nations Conferences and Summits
in the Economic and Social Fields
2nd meeting, 3rd February 2003
call to order the 2nd meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the
Integrated and Coordinated Implementation of and Follow-up to
the Outcomes of the Major United Nations Conferences and Summits
in the Economic and Social Fields.
delegates, you are invited to resume consideration of the work
programme, including the issue of periodicity and duration of
the meetings of the working group, for which you have before you
the paper circulated by the secretariat outlining elements for
the work programme and agenda of the working group.
Last week, you elected Ambassador Effah-Apenteng of Ghana and
Ambassador de Ruyt of Belgium as vice-chairmen of the working
group. I count on their personal support and engagement in guiding
the work of the group during the four months ahead of us.
This week, we are really getting down to work. By Friday, we should
agree on the work programme of our Working Group, namely, the
main issues it will address and the main focus of each of our
sessions. An early agreement on our work programme will help in
several ways including in managing our limited time effectively,
getting a preliminary idea on the scope of our current exercise,
and a first picture of what ground our final outcome will cover.
We also need to consider how the group will work - should we,
for instance, have more informal consultations and brainstorming
sessions rather than formal meetings, have we set aside enough
days for the Working Group, what kind of documentation do we expect
from the Secretariat and when?
outlined to you last Monday the key areas where I believe the
working group should make advances. I also shared with you a very
preliminary list of issues that it could address, to support our
discussion and reflection. I hope that, in the two-three days
ahead, we can have a rich exchange of views on your own expectations
for this Working Group. The Secretariat is here with us and I
will call on Mr. Khan to illuminate for us some of the challenges
in relation to the broad themes we have identified in the non-paper
circulated to you two weeks ago.
having heard the more formal statements of delegations today,
we could have very informal brainstorming sessions tomorrow and
Wednesday. I would suggest that it is extremely important to enable
as rich and informal a debate as possible in order to exchange
views and ideas and to clarify and fine-tune our work programme.
The Vice-Chairmen and I will listen carefully to all ideas and
suggestions. If you agree, we will then come up with a revised
work programme based on your suggestions, which you would review
subsequently. By the end of the week we would have a clear road
map of our work ahead.
I open the floor for your statements. First on my list of speakers
the end of the meeting:
would like to thank all the distinguished delegates who shared
with us today their positions, views and ideas on this very important
and very complex issue. This has been a very productive debate
and I believe that although the topic is broad and comprehensive,
a common ground for our agreement can be reached. As I understood
from your statements and interventions, more time should be devoted
to an open discussion and interactive dialog in an informal setting,
particularly at the initial stages of our work.
would therefore like to invite all of you to participate in the
informal brainstorming session on work programme of the Ad Hoc
Working Group that is to be held tomorrow afternoon at 3. p.m.
in the ECOSOC Chamber. The brainstorming session will be chaired
jointly by both Vice-chairmen. I would also like to encourage
all the distinguished delegates to engage in a free and revealing
discussion. I believe that open discussion and diversity of oppinions
can contribute to a better understanding of the issues in front
of us and also to a better organization of our work.
I am looking forward to this stimulating exercise. The meeting