Processes requiring cofacilitators/chairs during the 71 session of the UN General Assembly

Processes requiring co-facilitators/ chairs during the 71 session of the UN General Assembly


Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Pursuant to Resolution 70/232 of 23 December 2015, Advisors conducted timely, inclusive, representative and transparent consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions from all regions of the world, and existing relevant mechanisms of the United Nations. On this basis, compilation of the views expressed during these consultations was circulated in July 2016, and included concrete recommendations on the way forward, which was subsequently issued in document A/70/990. In accordance with the above mentioned resolution, the compilation should form the basis for a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the Assembly during its current session.

Action required this session

Reappoint the four advisers

Letter dated 27 September 2016, reappointed:

H.E. Mr. Kai Sauer (Permanent Representative of Finland )

H.E. Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee  (Permanent Representative of Ghana)

Dr. Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters (Pacific region)

Dr. James Anaya (North America region)

Ad hoc working group on the revitalization of the work of the UN General Assembly

Resolution 70/305 decided to establish at the 71st session an ad hoc working group on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly open to all Member States “to identify further ways to enhance the role, authority, effectiveness and efficiency of the Assembly, inter alia, by building on the progress achieved in past sessions as well as on previous resolutions, including evaluating the status of their implementation” and “to submit a report thereon to the Assembly at its 71st session.”

Action required this session

Appoint co-chairs

Letter dated 24 October  2016, appointed:

H.E. Mr. Vladmir Drobnjak (Croatia)

H.E. Ms Lana Nusseibeh (United Arab Emirates)

Intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council Reform

The General Assembly decided in July to immediately continue intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform in informal plenary of the General Assembly at its seventy-first session.

Action required this session

Appoint facilitator(s)

Letter dated 26 October  2016, appointed:

H.E. Mr. Ion Jinga (Romania)

H.E. Mr. Khaled Khairi (Tunisia)

United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Resolution 70/303 of 9. September and Resolution 70/226  of 23 December 2015 request that co-facilitators be appointed (one developed country, one developing country) to oversee the preparatory process and to conclude the intergovernmental consultations on the “Call for Action” by May 2017.

Action required this session

Appoint co-facilitators

Letter dated 24 October  2016, appointed:

H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça e Moura (Portugal)

H.E. Mr. Mr Burhan Gafoor  (Singapore)


Resolution 71/1 committed to launch, in 2016, a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration at an intergovernmental conference to be held in 2018 and invited the PGA to make arrangements for the determination of the modalities, timeline and other practicalities relating to the negotiation process.

Action required this session

Appoint facilitator(s)

Letter dated 24 October 2016, appointed:

H.E. Mr. Juan José Gómez Camacho (Mexico)

H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber (Switzerland)

Follow-up to and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

A/RES/70/202, OP 16. Decides to consider, during its seventy-first session, the conduct of a midterm review, in 2019, on the progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States through the implementation of the Samoa Pathway.

Action required this session

Reappoint co-facilitators

Letter dated 17 January 2017, reappointed:

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer (Maldives)

H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi (Italy)

Alignment of the Agenda of the General Assembly with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (including the SDGs)

Letter from facilitators of process in 70th session, Permanent Representative of Colombia  dated 9 September proposes further work aimed at strategically aligning the agenda of future sessions of the General Assembly with the 2030 Agenda, including the SDGs.

Action required this session

Announce at 2nd committee meeting intention to continue work and how.

Letter dated 22 December, appointed:

H.E. Ms. Jillian Bird (Australia)

H.E Mr. Martin Garcia Moritan (Argentina)


Res 69/272 decided to develop an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Action required this session

Appoint new chair

Letter dated 24 January 2017 appointed:

H. E. Ambassador Carlos Duarte, Deputy Permanent Representative (Brazil)

Informal consultative process on the law of the sea

In 1999 the GA established the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (the Consultative Process).

Action required this session

Informal outreach seeking to determine whether further consultations are required. If yes, reappointment necessary.

Letter dated 22 December 2017, appointed: 

H.E. Mr. Gustava Meza-Cuadra (Peru)

H.E. Mr. Nicholas Emilou (Cyprus)

Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons

A/RES/70/179 of 17 December 2015, OP 7. Requests the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, in close cooperation with Member States, to take all appropriate measures to arrange the high-level meeting (in October 2017, immediately after the general debate)

Action required this session

Appoint co-facilitators.

Letter dated 10 January 2017, appointed:

H.E. Mrs. Catherine Boura (Greece)

H.E. Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif AI-Thani (Qatar)


Letter dated 12 June 2017, appointed:

H.E Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani (Qatar)

H.E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve (Belgium)

Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole

Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects.

Action required this session

Letter dated 31 March 2016, PGA70 appointed:

Ms. Juliette Babb-Riley (Barbados)

Mrs. Carolyn Schwalger (New Zealand)

South-South Cooperation

A/RES/71/244 requests the President of the General Assembly to undertake the necessary intergovernmental negotiations in order to prepare for the proposed conference, with a view to the adoption by the Assembly, before the end of 2017, of a resolution on the nature, date, objectives and modalities of the conference, in full compliance with, and under the principles of, the Nairobi outcome document of the High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Action required this session

Letter dated 31 May 2017 appointed:

H.E. Mr. Adonia Ayebare, Uganda

Mandates and facilitators

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