Statement by Mr. Nguyen Tat Thanh, Deputy Permanent Representative
of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United Nations
at the Plenary of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on
Agenda Item 121
“Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly”
New York, 26th November 2007
On behalf of the Vietnamese Delegation, I wish to express our high appreciation to Ambassador Paul Badji, Permanent Representative of Senegal, and Ambassador Daniele Bodini, Permanent Representative of San Marino, for their dedicated efforts to the revitalization of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
For the last 16 years, in order to enable the United Nations to better address global issues and contemporary trans-national threats, Member States have acknowledged the growing importance of revitalizing the work of the General Assembly and have contributed a fair amount of resources to this end. Many initiatives and ideas have been introduced and commendable efforts have been made. Difficult issues have been highlighted and brought into a better focus as well. It is clear to us all, however, that the result that we want to achieve is still ways ahead.
The World Summit Outcome Document, while reaffirming the central position of the General Assembly as the chief deliberative, policy-making and the most representative organ of the United Nations, calls for strengthening the relationship between the General Assembly and the other principal organs of the organization to ensure better coordination on topical issues that require collective action by the United Nations, in accordance with their respective mandates.
Resolution A/60/286 underlines the pivotal role of the General Assembly on global matters of concerns to the international community and at the same time sets out wide-ranging proposals to improve the role and authority of General Assembly and its working methods.
Most recently, Member States have been engaged in interactive debates and concerted consultations on the contemporary work of the General Assembly and adopted by consensus Resolution 61/292 which once again underscored the commitments to the revitalization agenda. In this connection, we are fully convinced that the upcoming report of the Secretary-General on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly would lead us further ahead in this ongoing process. We also look forwards to your leadership and guidance. In the mean time, my Delegation wishes to share with you some following points.
Considering that the revitalization of the General Assembly constitutes one of the most essential elements of the comprehensive reform process of the United Nations and therefore should be accorded continued priority, my Delegation notes with satisfaction that many measures have been taken by the Member States and the Secretariat to implement relevant provisions of Resolutions 58/126, 58/316, 59/313 and 60/286. Initial improvements have been made and should be extended on such critical fronts as periodic meetings between the Presidents of the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council, the holding of topical thematic debates during the Assembly’s main sessions as well as the streamlining of the General Assembly's agenda.
On another note, we also share the views of many Member States that much remains to be done to enhance the role of the General Assembly, its Presidency and its working methods, the selection and election process of the Secretary-General as well as the effective implementation of the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly. The close cooperation and coordination between the General Assembly and other principal organs of the United Nations, the international institutions and civil society as well as among the Main Committees and subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly should be further consolidated in compliance with their respective functions and powers, thereby maximizing efficiency and avoiding overlapping and duplications.
It is also a continued priority to rationalize and streamline the agenda of the General Assembly and review its mandates, taking into full account the core interests and concerns of the large membership, especially the developing countries, in the fields of international peace and security, development and human rights. Equally important, due attention should be paid to the consolidation of reports with a view to ensuring overall quality and reducing heavy burdens on Member States, in particular those represented by small delegations.
The revitalization of the General Assembly could be strengthened only when the general membership displays the political will and determination to enable the General Assembly to discharge its role and responsibility as envisaged by the Charter. Our efforts in this exercise must be guided by the principles of democracy, transparency and accountability.
In this connection, my Delegation believes that a working group on the revitalization of the General Assembly as called for in Resolution 61/292 should be established without delay, and Member States should engage themselves in in-depth discussions with an eye to identifying the appropriate and practical ways to move the revitalization process to fruition.
Finally, may I assure you of Viet Nam's continued efforts to work with you and other Member States in this important endeavour.
I thank you, Mr President.