Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern T.D., welcomes agreement on UN reform
New York, Wednesday, 14th September, 2005
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern TD, has welcomed the agreement reached on a programme for reform of the United Nations which is to be laid before world leaders when they gather today for the United Nations Summit.
The Minister, who acted as an Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for his programme for change, said:
“The agreement reached has vindicated Kofi Annan's approach, which was based on the close linkages between development, security and human rights, and on the need for a strengthened United Nations to address them in an integrated way.
“Of course, the agreement does not include everything that Ireland and many other countries would have wished to see. I share in particular the Secretary-General's disappointment that it contains nothing on disarmament and non-proliferation, nor on the need to strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“Nonetheless, we have reaffirmed some key commitments on development, climate change and HIV/AIDS, as well as setting a course on a major agenda for change. We have agreed that the UN must improve its performance on human rights, and decided to establish a Human Rights Council. We will create a Peacebuilding Commission to help states emerging from conflict. We are committed to reaching agreement on means to control the deadly trade in small arms and light weapons.
“We are also committed to implementing the necessary changes in the Organisation itself, to bring it into line with modern standards of management and accountability.
“I spoke with the Secretary-General this evening and warmly congratulated him. I told him it was a privilege to have worked with him in generating the momentum among the Member States for this programme for change. I know he very much appreciates Ireland's long-standing commitment to the United Nations.
“The successful implementation of the change agenda will be a major priority
for Ireland over the coming months.”
14 September 2005