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Ad Hoc Working Group on GA Revitalization, 9th Session; Statement by Christoph Wieland, Attaché at the Austrian Mission to the United Nations, on behalf of the European Union.

• On behalf of the European Union I would like to thank you for convening this ninth meeting of the ad hoc working group on GA revitalization the purpose of which is to adopt the present draft report and recommendations for elements of a draft resolution.

• The EU has been actively engaged throughout the process of GA revitalization and has put forward many proposals. Today, distinguished co-chairs, I will be very brief.

• As to the substance of your draft report and recommendations for elements of a draft resolution we believe that in general terms they reflect previous discussions in a balanced manner and are a meaningful outcome of our work.

• Apart from the following comments the EU supports the draft report and its recommendations for elements of a draft resolution before us and hopes that the ad hoc working group can finalize its mandate as soon as possible.

• With regard to para. 9 of the draft recommendations we thank the Office of the President of the GA for the information on its current staff situation and express our understanding for the increasing demand on the President of the GA and his/her Office with particular regard to their enhanced role. The EU is willing to consider the provision of two additional posts for the Office of the President of the GA based on an evaluation of both, the results and achievements of the increased capacity that the President’s Office has had in recent years and the expected workload of the incoming President’s Office.

• As to para. 22bis of the draft recommendations there are some doubts about its appropriateness but we stress the importance of reaching a consensus decision. We are confident that the co-chairs will make every effort in this direction.

• The EU wishes to highlight its understanding of para. 32 of the draft recommendations that a chart prepared by the Secretariat on the status of implementation of General Assembly resolutions would pertain to mandates addressed to the Secretariat.

• Finally, I commend the co-chairs for their valuable work and able guidance throughout the whole process which has sparked new ideas, yielded fruitful discussions and highlighted in our view the need for the General Assembly revitalization as a process to be continued in periodical intervals.

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