UNGA`s position should be respected: India

Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 23:00

United Nations: Extending support to efforts to strengthen the role of the UN General Assembly, India has said revitalisation of the 193-member body is possible only when its position as the chief deliberative and policy-making organ of the UN is respected in "letter and spirit".

The General Assembly should take the lead in setting the
global agenda and restoring the centrality of the United
Nations in formulating multilateral approaches to resolving
transnational issues, India`s Permanent Representative to the
UN Hardeep Singh Puri said at a session on UNGA revitalisation
here.

India will offer its constructive support and
participation in efforts to strengthen the role of General
Assembly as the chief deliberative, legislative and
policy-making and representative body of the international
community.

Puri said an important aspect of the issue of General
Assembly revitalisation is that a proper relationship of
respect for the respective mandates has to be established
between the General Assembly and the Security Council.
India, which joined the Security Council last year, has
noticed "firsthand" that the Council`s agenda is
"overburdened".

"The Council busies itself with themes which no doubt and
are certainly important, but do not appear directly connected
to the real and immediate threats to international peace and
security.

This has left the Council with less time to focus on
the real hotspots that constitute the real threats to
international peace and security," Puri said.

"We believe that remedial measures would only be half
complete in the absence of serious introspection on what the
General Assembly itself can do to mitigate the situation," he
added.

The other area which Puri said needs attention in the
UNGA revitalisation is that the General Assembly must have a
greater say in the process of selection of the Secretary
General.

"The continued circumscribing of the Assembly`s role and
responsibilities in the process of selection and appointment
of the Secretary General needs to change in the interests of
the United Nations system in general and the Assembly`s
prerogatives in particular," Puri said.

The General Assembly itself had limited its role in the
UN chief`s selection process and the body will now have to
"claw back" to its rightful place in the process of selecting
the Secretary-General.

Puri the current practice can be modified to allow for
the Security Council to send a panel of names that the
Assembly could choose from as against a single nomination.

He added that candidates should also be given time to
interact with and present their views to the member-states.

"We would welcome closer consideration of procedures for
selecting, appointing and confirming the heads of the major
Specialised Agencies, Funds and Programmes with a view to
ensuring transparency, legitimacy and balanced
representation," he said adding that the General Assembly and
other entities part of the UN system must reflect diplomatic
best practices in its day to day.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 23:00

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