"MUCH WORK REMAINS IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS"
agrees with the report that a great deal of progress has been achieved
in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Nevertheless,
while the pandemic seems to be under control in certain countries,
many other countries appear to be almost helpless in tackling the
spread of HIV/AIDS.” This was the gist of the address deliverd
by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's permanent observer
to the United Nations, on Monday October 2, 2006 to the General
Assembly session of the the “Report of the Secretary-General
on the Work of the Organization.”
Archbishop Migliore calls
for the United Nations to continue to move from commitments to action,
and continue the process of transforming itself into an institution
ready for the challenges of the 21st century. Below is the Archbishop's
we consider the secretary-general's report on the work of the Organization,
my delegation would like to thank him, as well as his staff, for
their work in the field and on this comprehensive report.
is often said, "reform" is not an event but rather a process,
and this year marks an important occasion to ensure that these processes
continue. To this end, we welcome the secretary-general's efforts
in continuing to press for reform. In particular, the creation of
a mediation support capacity within the Department of Political
Affairs is an example of how existing structures can be successfully
modified to address global needs. However, despite the progress
made, much work remains in many different areas.
share the secretary-general's views on the importance of conflict
prevention and responsibility to protect. At the same time, we would
like to stress the need to interconnect more explicitly and more
effectively the areas of security and development. The present lack
of progress in the fields of development aid and trade reform threatens
everyone's security and well being. By contrast, the fulfillment
of the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] promises economic progress,
the alleviation of poverty, a reduction in terrorism and increased
recent conferences and meetings on disarmament, my delegation has
expressed its deep concern for the stagnation of the multilateral
negotiations on disarmament and nonproliferation. The whole U.N.
system should grasp the opportunity to acknowledge the links between
disarmament, development and humanitarian concerns, and commit itself
to strategies and programs to reduce the demand for arms and armed
the area of humanitarian assistance, the establishment of the Central
Emergency Response Fund and the innovative cluster coordination
system are important modifications to the existing humanitarian
assistance system. My delegation looks forward to closely following
their developments. In coordinating humanitarian relief, the United
Nations should continue to play a leading role in balancing the
autonomy of civil society actors with the need to provide effective
aid to the most vulnerable.
delegation agrees with the report that a great deal of progress
has been achieved in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment
and care. Nevertheless, while the pandemic seems to be under control
in certain countries, many other countries appear to be almost helpless
in tackling the spread of HIV/AIDS. We would do well to face this
issue with more focused initiatives, learning, for example, from
the specific action taken in the field of foreign debt with the
highly indebted poorest countries (HIPCs). The concentration of
our financial, logistical and human resources would enable the countries
most affected by HIV/AIDS to put an end to this scourge and consolidate
the hope that humankind will overcome the pandemic worldwide.
President, while greater action is needed to ensure that all the
commitments of 2005 are fulfilled, it is important to understand
the breadth of the commitments that were made. The World Summit
Outcome Document was a carefully negotiated and well-crafted document
that sought to balance strongly held views. Therefore, it is of
the utmost importance that when implementing this document, we ensure
that respect for this delicate balance be maintained. To this end,
it is important to reaffirm that "ensuring access to reproductive
health by 2015," as referenced in Paragraph 24, was seen by
our leaders as a means of achieving the target of reducing maternal
mortality rather than being a target in and of itself.
it is our sincere hope that this session of the General Assembly
will continue to move from commitments to action, and the United
Nations can continue the process of transforming itself into an
institution ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
you, Madam President.