On behalf of the European Union and its Member States, let me thank you for your efforts and for the background documents circulated. The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland+ 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 declaration.
Based on the position already expressed during the first round of consultations, let me share our thoughts on the documents as circulated:
On the draft decision on modalities (first document circulated)
– We fully agree that this is not a formal event of the General Assembly but a Special Event to be organized by the President of the General Assembly, with your support, and as such we consider that there is no specific need to adopt a decision of the General Assembly.
– We agree with the proposal to hold it on September 25th during the Ministerial week, assuming this can be fully, logistically and financially, supported by the UN Secretariat, thereby not triggering any PBIs. A confirmation by the UN Secretariat in this regard would be necessary.
– We also agree with the proposed format which should allow for a substantive and interactive exchange of views, as well as the participation of civil society and other relevant stakeholders, in order to i) assess the progress achieved on the MDGs; ii) discuss ways to accelerate their achievement of in the run-up to 2015; iii) and, guided by the lessons learnt, consider key principles and building blocks going forward towards the design of a coherent and comprehensive post-2015 framework, as well as possible ways to bring together the various ongoing processes.
– We consider that a succinct and focused summary prepared by the President of the General Assembly, under his authority, would be best suited to reflect the discussions and could also usefully record areas where a consensus may already be emerging in September, areas for further discussion, and where additional work would need to be undertaken by the UN Secretary General We would like to hear views on this issue, as it remains unclear to us what is suggested in the document circulated.
On the organization of the day (second document)
– We understand that this is meant to be an illustrative document. We may come back on the details of this document at a later stage. In any event, we would hope that there is a large participation in the interactive roundtables, while country statements could be provided in writing and posted on a dedicated webpage ahead of the meeting.
*Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
+Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area.