by the President of the General Assembly
Presenting to the General Assembly the outcome of the work of
its 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.
Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me special pleasure and satisfaction to present to the
General Assembly the outcome of the work of its 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.
As you know, the concept of the “integrated implementation
of the major UN conferences” has been followed by the Czech
Presidency as one of our four priorities from the very beginning
of the 57th session. In January 2003, I made it an urgent priority
of my presidency to see the successful and timely completion of
the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group. The challenge before this
working group was considerable. You had entrusted it to make concrete
recommendations to ensure that the UN supports, in the most efficient
way, the implementation of the ambitious and detailed set of development
goals agreed upon at major UN conferences and summits.
When we started our work in January, many doubted whether the
group would be able to tackle adequately this complex and comprehensive
issue within the time limits.
We were well aware of our ultimate goal, but unsure of the path
to follow. Yet the working group, guided by the Bureau, engaged
in a firm and demanding programme of work. And as we engaged ourselves,
what we could achieve became clearer. As did the fact that we
agreed on many issues, and that our commitment to the goals agreed
at conferences, from the Children Summit to the Millennium Summit,
Monterrey and Johannesburg, was alive and strong, much stronger
that our areas of divergences.
The resolution born from that intense, and at times difficult
process, is before you today. I am convinced that it is a good
outcome. It will help make the work of our organization more relevant,
more visible and enhance its role and political importance, by
focusing it on the actual implementation of conference outcomes.
I am particularly pleased that there is a general agreement to
look at the work programme of the Second Committee. This will
weave a certain logic and topicality in its work.
I also very much welcome the idea of holding a politically attractive
major event in 2005, to review progress achieved in implementing
commitments made during the conferences and summits. We should
all work with our Governments and partners to ensure that commitments
made are expeditiously implemented so that concrete advances are
made when we meet in 2005.
Another important achievement is the agreement that the General
Assembly should decide on the periodic review of the implementation
of conference outcomes on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.
The draft resolution has also given new impetus to the coordination
work of the ECOSOC. By planning better its work on common conference
themes, the Council will be able to engage the functional commissions
and the various parts of the UN system more intensely in its preparations.
We have asked the functional commissions to review their working
methods in light of the changes that have been made by the Commission
for Sustainable Development. We have given clear guidance to organizations
of the UN system to work closely together to help Governments
implement conference targets. The Council’s coordination
segment in July will be able to build on these recommendations
and launch measures for their implementation.
As I told the working group last Tuesday, I see this resolution
as an important landmark that will contribute to strengthening
of the General Assembly and ECOSOC, and to the implementation
of the programme of reform launched by our Secretary-General.
achievements go beyond this. We have demonstrated that the spirit
of cooperation and compromise, and the principles of multilateralism
are very much present. We have shown once again that the UN can
deliver agreements and concrete measures at a political level.
I would like to extend my profound thanks to the two Vice-Chairs
of the Group - Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng of Ghana and Ambassador
Jean de Ruyt of Belgium who presided over the informal consultations,
provided guidance through the whole process and tirelessly participated
in the work of the Bureau and related negotiations. I am also
very grateful to our facilitator, Counsellor Henri Stephan Raubenheimer
from the Permanent Mission of South Africa, whose substantive
skills, tireless efforts, and suggestions greatly helped finalize
the work of the working group.
I would also like to express my deep appreciation to all the delegations
who participated in our deliberations, for their continuing engagement,
their ideas, and for the collaborative spirit in which they worked
throughout our many sessions. I would also like to acknowledge
with appreciation the solid and substantive support provided to
the Group and to the Bureau by the Secretariat, particularly by
Mr. Sarbuland Khan and Mr. Nikhil Seth. My personal thanks go
also to my team for its hard work and dedication to this important