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
meeting – Tuesday, 17 June 2003
Statement by the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Working Group
H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan, President, 57th session of the United Nations
of the Resolution
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to conclude this session
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.
At the beginning of this exercise, there were questions whether
the Working group would be able to consider this complex and comprehensive
issue thoroughly within the time limits. However, the Working
Group under the leadership of the Bureau set a firm and demanding
programme of work and has put all doubts to rest.
the sessions which began in January of this year, we have had
substantive discussions and informal consultations in which various
aspects of this complex issue were considered. We have been attempting
to make practical recommendations to the concept of an integrated
and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes
of the major UN Conferences and summits. We have looked at UN
activities in economic and social fields from a new angle and
identified possible ways of improving our work in order to better
support implementation of the outcomes of major UN conferences
though the final text may not meet all expectations, I am convinced
that we produced an extremely good outcome which will contribute
to more efficient work, better visibility and greater political
importance of the United Nations in economic and social fields.
gives me particular satisfaction is that there is general agreement
to look at the work programme of the Second Committee, which will
weave in a certain logic and topicality in the Committee’s
work. I am also encouraged by the increasing possibility for a
politically attractive comprehensive review in 2005, through a
major event, of the progress achieved in implementing commitments
made during the conferences and summits.
planning in the work of ECOSOC will help the subsidiary architecture
of ECOSOC to engage more fully in its work and will also provide
an opportunity for the functional commissions of ECOSOC to evaluate
and monitor their working methods appropriately, in light of the
changes that have been made in the Commission on Sustainable Development.
may appear to be small changes but reform of the General Assembly
and ECOSOC has always taken place through small, iterative steps
and I see the resolution as an important landmark on the path
to a politically energized General Assembly and ECOSOC.
would like to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation
and 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 informal consultations and provided guidance
throughout the whole process and tirelessly participated in the
work of the Bureau and related negotiations. I am also very grateful
to our Facilitator, Counselor Henri Stephan Raubenheimer from
the Permanent Mission of South Africa, for his dedicated and thoughtful
approach, his substantive skills and abilities and tireless efforts
which helped finalize the work of the Working Group. Counselor
Raubenheimer’s contributions and suggestions greatly assisted
all of us in finalizing the text of this resolution.
also thank all the delegates from the member states, and particularly
to the chairs of G77 and EU and those delegations who submitted
written proposals, for their active involvement, dedication and
productive work in this very important process.
is also important to recognize a great deal of good will, understanding
and constructive spirit that prevailed in the Working Group and
helped us arrive at the final agreement within our time limit.
I wish to convey my appreciation to the Secretariat, DESA, particularly
Mr. Sarbuland Khan and Nikhil Seth, and the conference services
for their valuable inputs, experienced support and flexibility
in facilitating our deliberations.
In conclusion, let me congratulate all of you on the successful
completion of our work.