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I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Member States of the European Union.
The Acceding country Croatia*, the candidate countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro* and Serbia*, the countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.
At the outset, let me thank Mr. Yukio Takasu for his presentation, as Under-Secretary-General for Management, on 10 May, which provided us with useful information on the financial situation of the United Nations and on how Member States fulfil their obligations under the UN Charter to contribute to the financial expenses of the Organisation.
Underpinning the work of the United Nations is a partnership between the Member States and the Organisation. It remains vital that all parties, Member States and Secretariat, take this partnership seriously, including in the context of both providing and utilising funding in a responsible manner. In this regard, the significant level of outstanding assessments remains a concern.
Equally importantly the presentation of Mr Takasu reminds us, while the budgets remain healthy, with – for example – the Working Capital Fund untouched and the Special Account not utilised and growing – of the need for action to reduce spending while maintaining delivery. As we made clear in our statement last week in the context of the briefing on the preparation of the Regular Budget for 2014-15, it is imperative that concrete steps are taken now, at all levels, to spend more wisely, to deliver in new ways, and to ensure that the Organisation lives within the agreed budget levels. This applies to all activities of the UN, from peacekeeping, to construction to the Regular Budget. An unceasing effort to find new and creative ways to work is essential to achieve more effective delivery of mandates and sustainable use of resources.
In the context of the overall financial situation of the organisation, the Member States of the European Union, which contribute nearly 35 per cent of the regular budget, exceeding by far their GNI share, and approximately 37 per cent of the UN peacekeeping budgets, also reiterate the importance of a more balanced way to share the budgetary responsibilities of the Organisation. Only a more equitable sharing of financial responsibilities among UN Member States according to their actual capacity to pay can secure a sustainable financing architecture for the UN system.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
* Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.