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Statement by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on the occasion of the United Nations Day Cairo, Egyptian Diplomatic Club 22/11/2017

Statement by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on the occasion of the United Nations Day Cairo, Egyptian Diplomatic Club 22/11/2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017
8:30 PM
Source : The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Office

Mr. Resident Coordinator, Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General,

Your Excellencies Ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions and UN offices,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our celebration today coincides with the approaching conclusion of Egypt's elected membership in the Security Council for the period 2016-2017, where Egypt represented Arab and African countries as well as the Non-Aligned Movement on regional and other issues on the council's agenda, and worked diligently to enhance cooperation between the UN, the African Union and the League of Arab States. During its presidency of the Security Council in May 2016, Egypt organized in Cairo a first of its kind consultative meeting between the United Nations Security Council and the Council of the League of Arab States, as a step towards strengthening cooperation between the two organizations. When it came to cooperation between the Council and the African Union, Egypt was keen on a comprehensive, rather than partial dialogue between the two organizations, encompassing the entirety of the African Peace and Security Architecture, with its 5 pillars.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Recognizing that the role of the Council is not limited to the management of conflicts but must also include working towards their resolution,Egypt focused during its membership on the concept of the interdependence of the different mechanisms of peace and security,fully enabling for the Council, the General Assembly and its permanent committees, the Peacebuilding Commission and other relevant international mechanisms, all within their mandates, to assume their respective roles in contributing to the achievement of comprehensive, just and lasting resolution of international conflicts and disputes. Egypt's conceptual contribution to this vision was reflected further through the thematic debate it organized in August 2016 on the contribution of United Nations operations to the sustainability of peace.

Egypt's commitment to supporting peace and UN peacekeeping was not limited to deliberations and resolutions in the Security Council and General Assembly; as it extended to tangible contributions in the field. I recall here that in the period coinciding with our elected membership, Egypt's ranking amongst troop and police contributing countries to peacekeeping operations ascended from 16th to 7th largest in the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests

I have thus far focused my comments on issues related to peace and security, taking into account the centrality of the maintenance of the peace and security within the three pillars of the work of the Organization.However, Egypt is equally keen to contribute, with the same effectiveness, to the pillars of humanitarian work and development. To this end, and in addition to our membership on the human rights Council, Egypt's cooperation with the United Nations system in many faceted in support of development efforts at the regional level including hosting of 15 regional offices of the Organization and its various programs in Egypt.

While our world witnessed progress towards a new phase in cooperation for development, based on strengthening global partnerships to achieve a balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, economic and social development, and while there are efforts to maximize the returns from this global partnership within the context of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, allow me to reiterate that this progress has not, yet, met the aspirations nor rose to the challenges that face developing countries, nor does it correspond to the potential and capabilities available to the international community. It is important, in this regard, to come to an agreement on the principles governing the mechanisms for implementing our common vision, one that reflects the reality with regards to the disparities in capabilities among countries.

I would also like to stress that international efforts to confront climate change must be based on the right to development, justice and equity, and in adherence to the principles and standards of international law.At the forefront of all such efforts is that they should benefit all, adhere to the principle of non-harm, and aim to strengthen cooperation and coordination.

In this context, Egypt is eager to assume a leading role, from the beginning of 2017 in crafting the common position of developing countries, through its chairmanship of the G77 and China group, with regard to climate change as well as administrative and development reform of the work of the UN, and within the organization itself. Egypt's resolve is multiplied when it comes to shaping multilateral international relations in a way that allows the general membership of the UN to exercise its right in silencing the guns and concentrating on strengthening humanitarian and developmental work.

Lastly, and while recalling that our slogan for our membership of the Security Council to enable the general membership of the UN in multilateral diplomacy, it will continue to guide us in our chairmanship of the G77 group, including our contribution to the work of theGeneral Assembly and other agencies and bodies of the UN.

Thank you.