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20 December 2017, New York – European Union statement on the ”Strengthening of the United Nations system; United Nations reform: measures and proposals” delivered by H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Head of Delegation, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Estonia to the United Nations.


– As delivered –

Mr. President,

I speak on behalf of the European Union and its member states.

The Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA country Liechtenstein, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

Mr. President,

The European Union and its member states welcome the adoption of this General Assembly resolution.

With this clear and short text, adopted by consensus, the General Assembly expressed without any ambiguity its strong support to the Secretary General and his vision to reform the Peace and Security pillar of the Secretariat.

We’ve now given him the get go to start working and delivering on this reform, and we’re looking forward to his detailed report on all the aspects of the new Peace and Security pillar to be discussed in spring in the relevant UN forums.

Mr. President,

As we have said before, the Secretariat must act as one, building upon the lessons of the past years and past reforms, while taking into account the specificities of all the facets of its work on the ground. This institutional restructuring is a timely opportunity to ensure a double improvement: that the peace and security pillar as a whole works in a more coherent, nimble and strategic way, and that it works more effectively with the other pillars of the United Nations system. Through such efforts the Secretariat can improve its ability to prevent conflict, maintain and consolidate peace, with the aim of sustaining peace.

We fully support this approach and we believe the Secretary General has not only the authority, as provided by the Charter, but as well now our full political endorsement in proceeding with the first steps of implementing his vision.

The link of the reform of the Peace and Security pillar to the management reform is substantial. We believe in particular that an even more integrated, closer field support for successful peace operations is required in order to respond efficiently to current challenges. Progress on the other strands of reform is thus essential, and the European Union will continue supporting efforts to this end. We believe that with the adoption of this resolution the General Assembly not only sets in motion the reform of the Peace and Security pillar, but sets as well a good precedent for the other strands of reform.

As regards operational paragraph 3, the EU recalls Article 101 of the UN Charter and the paramount consideration in the employment of staff and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, and that due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. This must also take into account the Secretary General’s efforts to achieve full gender parity.

Mr. President,

Let me also congratulate the two co-facilitators for the great work they have accomplished both in substance and in process. They were given a clear mandate by the PGA: they have been able to produce, over three weeks, a clear and concise text, ready for adoption; this is a great job and they need to be commended for this.

I thank you.

* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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  • UN forum: General Assembly - Plenary
  • Date: 20/12/2017

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