Explanation of Position after adoption
The European Union is pleased to join the consensus on the draft resolution on the integrated and coordinated implementation of the outcomes of and follow-up to the major United Nations conferences and summits.
The Union is committed to the strengthening of the Council as the central mechanism for the system-wide coordination and the integrated and coordinated implementation of the outcomes of and follow-up to the major United Nations conferences in the economic, social and related fields. In this regard we are committed to completing the mandate of the strengthening of the Council as mandated by paragraphs 155 and 156 of the World Summit Outcome. Indeed, the adoption of resolution 61/16 and the subsequent organization of the annual ministerial review and the launching of the development cooperation forum have made concrete steps towards two of the three aspects of this strengthening. In this context, the EU is looking forward to the discussions held on the adaptation of work of the Council, including its organization of work, agenda and the current methods of work as the third pillar of this strengthening, as per Council decision 2006/206.
The EU is also looking forward to a timely conclusion on the multi-year programme of work for the ministerial level substantive reviews as an essential element to the strengthened ECOSOC. This multi-year programme will permit the Councils subsidiary bodies, relevant international organizations and civil society to contribute to in a timely manner to the AMR by providing a predictable and solid work plan for the work of the high level segment.