"Ireland is deeply committed to the United Nations. We
look to it to uphold and defend the universal values of peace,
security, human rights and development which are set out in the UN
Mr. Eamon Gilmore T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland,
addressing the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly,
Ireland is a steadfast supporter of the central and enduring role
of the UN system, as provided for in the UN Charter. But we
also recognise the need to drive forward the process of
institutional and organisational reform to ensure that the UN is
made fit for purpose to address the global challenges of tomorrow.
In that regard, Ireland supports effective implementation of the
reform agenda across all areas of the UN system. The
Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN in New York contributes
actively to efforts to improve the management of the UN, and to
revitalise and reform the work of UN organs and bodies, through
appropriate targeted national interventions and initiatives.
In addition, Ireland has regularly taken on leadership roles within
the UN reform process. Most recently, the Permanent
Representative of Ireland, Ambassador Anne Anderson, served as
co-facilitator, together with her colleagues from Mexico and South
Africa, of the successful 2010 Review of the UN peacebuilding
Strengthening the United Nations to ensure that it has the capacity
to fulfil its responsibilities and to act effectively will continue
to be a leading Irish priority for the period ahead.