Honourable Outgoing Chair of the Group of 77, Mr. President of the General Assembly, Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Executive Secretary of the Group of 77, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,
I have the honour to introduce the draft Resolution as contained in document A/AC.109/2012/L.12 of 19 June 2012, on the Question of New Caledonia, on behalf of the two co-sponsors, Papua New Guinea and my own country, Fiji.
Mr. President, as this is my first time to speak as a member of this Board, allow me to first and foremost pledge Fiji's complete support for the work of the Board. Allow me also to congratulate you, Mr. President, for assuming the Presidency of the Board, and also to congratulate members of your Bureau. We have full confidence in your leadership during what promises to be a very eventful year in the development community.
Allow me to thank you for convening this open debate on multidimensional peacekeeping. Given the emphasis on the evolving nature of peacekeeping missions in discussions in various UN bodies in recent years, the current discussion is most pertinent.
Allow me to begin with congratulations to you Madam Chair, for your leadership of this Committee, including through the guidance given in your opening statement yesterday. I would also like to thank the Under Secretaries-General for DPKO and for DFS for their statements providing detailed overviews of all progress in policies relating to UN peacekeeping operations. All three statements have provided much to consider for our Committee, and I trust that Committee will be able to progress these issues through its work.