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Fiji Presents ECOSOC Reform Proposals At United Nations

New York
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In its capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji today presented the Group’s position on ECOSOC reforms.  Speaking in the ECOSOC Chamber in New York this morning, Fiji’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Peter Thomson, said that the relevance and effectiveness of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) has diminished over the years.  He called for a new transformational vision to be brought to ECOSOC to restore and enhance its relevance.

Ambassador Thomson announced that the G77’s position was that real outcomes were required from the ECOSOC reform process.  “For ECOSOC to remain relevant, it has to be truly equitably representative; it has to be empowered to convene its own meetings as and when necessary, and concrete mechanisms have to be put in place to follow up and implement outcomes of major UN conferences and summits.”

He said the G77’s position on the practice of holding alternate substantive ECOSOC meetings in Geneva was uneconomical to the United Nations and its members. “ He said the practice “adversely affects participation from developing countries as most are unable to attend the session.  To be more relevant as a hub, the Group proposes that all substantive discussions of ECOSOC should be held at the UN headquarters in New York.”

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Caption: Incoming President of ECOSOC, Ambassador Nestor Osorio of Colombia, and G77 Chair, Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji at today’s ECOSOC review meeting in New York .



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