Ladies and Gentlemen,
I take the floor on behalf of the European Union.
We find ourselves here today at the end of the 2007 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council after four weeks of intense and productive work. The European Union is pleased with what this session was able to accomplish. The first Annual Ministerial Review as well as the Development Cooperation Forum were important steps forward in the strengthening of the Council. The adoption of the first Ministerial Declaration under the newly reinforced high level segment of the Council was worth the effort needed for us to come to a consensus on it. The Union looks forward to next years high level segment in New York and to the adoption of the multi year programme of work for the Annual Ministerial Reviews. We believe it will give the work of the high level segment the predictability it requires to raise its profile and allow for the subsidiary bodies of the Council and other relevant actors to best contribute to its considerations.
Mr. President, the Council at this session has also followed-up on the United Nations implementation of last years Ministerial Declaration and has even taken a decision on the theme of next years Coordination Segment. We have had discussions on the upcoming Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities that will serve as an important basis for the upcoming General Assembly considerations on this critical area of the United Nations purview. In the humanitarian segment we adopted, by consensus, a resolution on the strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN. Lastly, during the General Segment, the Council has taken action on the reports of numerous subsidiary bodies and taken critical steps forward on a number of issues that were pending for some time. Although a few issues remain for consideration at an upcoming resumed substantive session of the Council, the European Union is satisfied with what we were able to achieve in the time we spent here in Geneva.
We take this opportunity to thank the Bureau and the Secretariat for all their efforts in making the work of this session of the Council a success, as well as to all of the facilitators whose skills in bringing us to a consensus have made our work that much easier. Thanks go also to our hosts, both UNOG and Switzerland, for their hospitality. The clean air and more civilized working hours in Geneva were especially appreciated by those who came from New York.