H. E. AMBASSADOR YOSIWO P. GEORGE
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
BEFORE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON
AGENDA ITEM 161
COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS
AND THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY
20 December 1994
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I am pleased to speak in support of the draft resolution contained in
document A/49/L.62/Rev.1, entitled "Cooperation Between the United
Nations and the Caribbean Community."
A small nation, particularly, a small island nation, faces problems which,
when faced by that nation alone, may prove insurmountable. However, when
faced by a regional community of nations with similar experiences, histories,
goals and close ties, these problems become more manageable.
Indeed, the strengthening of regional organizations is critical to the
effective implementation of the objectives of the United Nations in a time
when streamlining and cost-effectiveness are of primary concern.
The heads of Government of the Caribbean Community have expressed their
desire to strengthen cooperation and coordination between their secretariat
and the Secretariat of the United Nations. The resolution therefore invites
the Secretary- General of the United Nations to take the necessary measures
in consultation with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, to
promote and expand cooperation and coordination between the two secretariats
in order to increase the capacity of the two organizations to attain their
common objectives. The goals of the Caribbean Community and those of the
United Nations are parallel, and the implementation of closer ties between
the two will be very fruitful for all concerned.
The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, as a member of
a Pacific regional intergovernmental organization similar to the Caribbean
Community, fully supports maximizing the utilization by the United Nations
of existing regional intergovernmental organizations in all aspects of its
work. The South Pacific Forum, in recognition of the need for closer links
with the United Nations, sought and obtained U.N. observer member status
in September of this year.
What this resolution seeks should be a matter of course and should be
standardized for the working relationship between the United Nations and
existing regional intergovernmental organizations. Such regional intergovernmental
organizations have a special role in the implementation efforts of the United
Nations. This has been pointed out time and again by policy planners, in
the academic literature, and also at important United Nations conferences,
such as the 1992 Earth Summit and the 1994 Global Conference on the Sustainable
Development of Small Island Developing States. Chapter XI of the Barbados
Programme of Action recognizes the key role of regional organizations in
facilitating efficient and effective execution of projects and in preventing
duplication of efforts. Prudent utilization of limited resources is an ever-present
concern to small states, such as the members of the Caribbean Community.
For these reasons, Mr. President, my Government is pleased to cosponsor
this resolution and encourages all member states to support it.