New General Assembly president calls for increased cooperation among Member States

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John Ashe

Calling for increased cooperation among Member States, the new President of the General Assembly Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda said that the upcoming year would be pivotal for the 193-nation organ as it sought to identify the parameters of the post-2015 development agenda.

Ambassador Ashe made his comments at the opening of the Assembly's sixty-eighth session.

"The magnitude of the task before us will require decisive action and the highest levels of collaboration, and we must prove ourselves and our efforts to be equal to the enormity of the task."

General Assembly president John Ashe said he looked forward to the Assembly completing its ambitious agenda in a timely and effective manner, adding that he was encouraged by the "almost universal pledges of cooperation" he had received during meetings preceding the session's opening.

“Your almost universal pledges of cooperation were very encouraging, which should make the collective task of tackling the bolder aspects of our work all the more feasible. Dare I hope that it also means a new sense of urgency and an end to protraction and delay”

Noting that partnerships were becoming increasingly important, he said one of the three thematic debates would address that issue.

“Another thematic debate will examine how to work towards and ensure stable and peaceful societies in the post-2015 development framework, including by creating an enabling environment for development and progress, diminishing external stressors that contribute to conflicts, ensuring accessible institutions of justice, reducing violence, and enhancing the capacity and accountability of good governance mechanisms and practices that benefit peace and sustainable development.”

President of the sixty-eighth session of the UN General Assembly John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 2'06"

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