The EU and its Member States are pleased to join consensus on the draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.59 entitled “Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)”.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the facilitator, Mrs. Laura Canuto from Italy, for her able guidance, and constant energy, to lead us through those negotiations, as well as to our negotiation partners, especially the G77 representatives Mr. Joshua Mugodo from Kenya and Mr. Tham Borg Tsien from Singapore, for their very constructive involvement.
The EU and its MemberStatesreiterate the importance of the urban agenda, both through the work of the UN-Habitat secretariat, and also in the lead up to the 3rd UN conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, in 2016.
With regards to the oral statement on program budget implications read out by the Secretariat in connection to the adoption of the resolution L.59 before the second committee, we understand that these are only estimates presented in accordance with an extensive interpretation of rule 153 of the rules of procedure of the GA.
We equally stress that estimates presented today do not prejudge the Secretary-General’s submission to the ACABQ and the 5th committee of the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 biennium. We also believe that some estimates can factually not be considered as requirements under the present resolution. Overall, these estimates should not be perceived as having been endorsed by Member States today.
We are particularly puzzled that those estimates do not seem to reflect the outcome of negotiations, especially as regards the agreed number of days of the preparatory committees. Finally, Mr Chairman, we believe increased transparency regarding budgetary figures should be provided during the negotiation process.
I thank you.