Mr. Prayono Atiyanto
Member of Indonesian Delegation
at the Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly
Agenda Item 41(a): Report of the Economic and Social Council
New York, 25 October 2005
Our delegation once again joins you and other members of the United Nations in expressing our deep solidarity and sympathy to the people and government Pakistan as well as India and Afghanistan who had been severely affected by the earthquake. Indonesia joins other members of the international community in expressing our readiness to ease the burden of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan as well as in India and Afghanistan.
There is no question that ECOSOC plays a vital role in coordinating the implementation of international development goals agreed at major United Nations international conferences and summits in economic and social fields. This is evident from the report of the ECOSOC on its work in 2005 as contained in document A/60/3. In this regard, my delegation also shares distinguished Permanent Representative of Jamaica’s views speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. Having said that, my delegation would like to sincerely thank H.E. Ambassador Munir Akram for introducing the report of ECOSOC for 2005.
The 2005 World Summit opened a new window of opportunity to strengthen the role and function of ECOSOC in coordination, policy review and providing recommendations on issues dealing with economic and social development. In this regard, the additional responsibilities assigned to ECOSOC should make it more effective and responsive to various challenges in development.
In light of the expanded mandate of ECOSOC, my delegation sees the need to identify modalities that will facilitate their implementation. In doing so, the President of the General Assembly together with the President of ECOSOC should arrange the necessary consultations to get the support from all member states.
Once again, it is of paramount importance that such consultations always be conducted in an open, transparent and inclusive manner. It is also critical that those consultations consider the relations between ECOSOC, the General Assembly and the Security Council, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
The 2005 World Summit has further endorsed ECOSOC’s mandate to stay engaged with all stakeholders at the national, regional and global levels. In this regard, we hope that such engagement would focus on practical and action-oriented outcomes especially for supporting the developing countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
We also highly value the recognition for ECOSOC to support and complement national, regional and global efforts in addressing humanitarian emergencies as in the case of natural disasters. This would entail consideration that allows flexibility in the program of work of ECOSOC to meet and to make recommendations for emergency situations. In this regard, coordination between ECOSOC and its functional and regional commissions, United Nations funds and programs as well as national governments is indispensable.
We also must not lose sight of the important role of the ECOSOC Secretariat. In our view, it needs to be strengthened to provide deeper analytical and administrative support for the substantive deliberations of the Council.
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