– As delivered –

Statement by H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly

10 December 2020

At the outset I would like to thank the Chair, His Excellency Collen Vixen Kelapile, Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations, and other Members of the Bureau for their able and skilful steering of the Fourth Committee during this session. My deepest thanks also go to the Member States for successfully accomplishing the extensive program of work.

The importance of the agenda items of the Fourth Committee cannot be overstated; on decolonization, we continue to make efforts to ensure the self-determination of all colonial countries and peoples, is implemented, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations; on peacekeeping, where we need to do our utmost to protect the peacekeepers, who risk their own lives to protect others, and fulfil their mandates; on the Palestinian issues, which have been on the UN’s agenda since its creation, but still require sustained engagement of the international community to uphold the rights of the Palestine people; and on outer space, where we need to find ways to reap the benefits of science and technology to invest in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, this session has seen limitations placed on in-person meetings. I extend my congratulations to the Bureau of the Fourth Committee for their pragmatism in proceeding with a hybrid working model that includes in-person meetings. I also thank the Secretariat for their efforts to facilitate these meetings.

Now I request the Rapporteur of the Committee, Mr. Jassim Sayar Al-Maawda of Qatar, to introduce in one intervention the reports of the Committee.