– CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY –
I have the honor to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The European Union and its Member States are strongly attached to effective multilateralism with the United Nations at its core. In this context, we are committed to revitalization and to supporting efforts aimed at strengthening the role and authority of the GA, in line with the UN Charter and relevant resolutions. We wish that the GA, as the only intergovernmental body with universal membership, is able to take up the challenge of conciliating legitimacy and efficiency in a context of emerging global challenges.
We believe that revitalization can be ensured only when the GA takes relevant action on issues of common concern to the international community. By doing so, it lives up to its role as one of the principal organs of the UN.
The EU and its Member States welcome the adoption of resolution 66/294. We would like to stress the importance of the implementation of all resolutions of the General Assembly, including on the revitalization of its work, and note its impact on the authority, effectiveness and efficiency of the General Assembly. Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly is clearly interlinked with the overall reform of the United Nations.
I would like to assure you that the EU and its Member States will continue to engage in a pragmatic manner in all future proceedings on the matter.