STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT
OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On the conclusion of the general debate

On the conclusion of the general debate the President of the General Assembly expresses his appreciation to the Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers for their insightful contributions and for directly addressing the five priority topics of the current session, those being climate change, financing for development, countering terrorism, the Millennium Development Goals and management reform. The President believes that the General Assembly is the only forum where these priority issues can be tackled comprehensively and notes that the presence of over ninety world leaders in the debate underscored the importance Member States placed on this unique forum for multilateralism.

The President is especially grateful that on the main theme of the general debate, responding to climate change, Member States sent a strong political message that the time for talk had passed and the time for action had begun and endorsed climate change as the flagship issue of the 62nd session. He welcomes the fact that many Member States endorsed the idea of drafting a roadmap to coordinate the actions of the United Nations system on climate change. Given the urgency of the situation he is calling on Member States to deliver on their readiness to take action at the December meeting in Bali.

New York, 3 October 2007

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