President of the General Assembly, Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
The General Assembly on 15 March adopted by consensus two resolutions on strengthening the capacity of the Organization in peacekeeping operations and in advancing the disarmament agenda. The result of weeks of intensive consultations involving all Member States, the resolutions relate to the restructuring of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including the establishment of a Department of field Support; and the establishment of an Office of Disarmament Affairs, with the appointment of a High Representative to head the Office. The resolutions request the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly as soon as possible detailed reports on the two issues. Upon their adoption, Assembly President Haya Al Khalifa highlighted the fact that the two resolutions express the Assembly’s political support for the Secretary-General, as well as providing him with procedural guidance from Member States.
The President also expressed her thanks to all Member States for their constructive approach and their spirit of cooperation and flexibility during the consultation process. In addition, she particularly thanked the facilitators, Ambassadors Johan Løvald, Prasad Kariyawasam, João Salgueiro, Elbio Rosselli of Norway, Sri Lanka, Portugal and Uruguay, respectively, for assisting her “so effectively, in conducting a transparent, inclusive and productive process of consultations, which led us successfully to reach a balanced outcome, around which, we can all rally.”
Emphasizing that a strong Secretary-General is an essential component of a stronger and more effective United Nations, the President was very pleased that throughout the process the Membership was united in providing the Secretary-General with the necessary political support so that he can more effectively discharge the responsibilities and duties of his important office.
The full text of the President's statement is online here.