Eesti alalise esindaja ÜRO juures Margus Kolga sõnavõtt Peaassamblee elustamiskõneluste esimesel kohtumisel


Mister President,

Thank you very much for convening the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly. I would like to thank the previous Co-Chairs – the Permanent Representatives of Slovakia and Thailand – for their work and wish the newly appointed Co-Chairs of the present session – the Permanent Representatives of Croatia and Namibia – all the success. 


Estonia aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union earlier today.


This year we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. This date gives us a good opportunity but, to be honest, also responsibility to take stock what has been achieved so far, identify the problem areas and discuss how to make the organizations work more effective and also more visible to the world. This is expected from us and I hope that our efforts will bring more concrete results than that has been a case before. Therefore I am looking forward to substantial discussions in the coming months on how to make the work of the General Assembly more focused, efficient and relevant as well as reaching concrete outcome as a result of these exchanges of views.


While recognizing the importance of all the broad thematic issues currently forming the General Assembly’s Revitalization agenda, Estonia – member of the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency or in short ACT group – would like to stress the particular importance it lays on the issue of the transparency and inclusiveness of the work of the UN system. In this respect the selection and appointment of the next Secretary-General stands distinctly out and is in our view the most pertinent issue for the short term future. 


As a member of ACT, Estonia would like to engage actively on increased transparency, inclusiveness and a more rigorous process in selecting the next chief administrative officer of the Organization. We believe that the United Nations Charter leaves much room for improvement with regard to the transparency and inclusivity of this endeavor. For instance the more transparent and clear process and the broader engagement of the member states in it and the better structured communication of the possible candidates with the wider membership could be envisaged. And why not discuss the issue of Secretary-General’s term in office as a part of our coming deliberations? And one additional issue I have to remind you is that there is only one geographical group among five who so far has not had a chance to hold the position of the Secretary-General. I think that this fact should also get proper attention by us.    


Among other things I am looking forward to thorough discussions on this pertinent issue during the process we are not starting but actually continuing today. I would also like to let you know that the ACT group is currently preparing a non-paper on this issue which we would be introducing to the wider membership in more detail shortly.


Thank you very much, Mister President. And good luck and success!



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