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Call for new vision

Ioane Burese
Friday, February 08, 2013

IN its capacity as chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji has presented the group's position on the United Nations Economics and Social Council (ECOSOC) reforms.

Speaking at the ECOSOC Chamber in New York, Fiji's permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Peter Thomson, said the relevance and effectiveness of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) had diminished over the years.

He called for a new transformational vision to be brought to the 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.

He said the G77's position on the practice of holding alternate substantive ECOSOC meetings in Geneva was uneconomical to the UN and its members.