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Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, intervenes during the general debate of the 65th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Published Friday September 24 2010

Mr. Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, addressed the General Assembly on 24 September 2010, during the general debate under the theme of “Reaffirming the central role of the UN in global governance”.

In his speech, Minister Asselborn underlined that Luxembourg fully endorses the Secretary-General’s assessment that only the UN has the necessary scope, knowledge and legitimacy to develop and implement effective policies in order to address global challenges, which require urgent and collective responses. He recalled Luxembourg’s commitment to finding multilateral solutions to the multiple crises around the world, and dwelled on a certain number of challenges that the United Nations is actively addressing, in particular the fight against poverty, disarmament and non-proliferation, the promotion of human rights, the rule of law and democracy as well as the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts.

Mr. Asselborn noted that if we believe in the relevance of a multilateral approach based on the United Nations, we must give the Organisation the means to be the centre of multilateral action and a real catalyst for change, and we therefore need to push for decisive internal reforms, including the reform of the Security Council. For Luxembourg, ensuring an adequate place for small states, which now represent the vast majority of Member States in the Organisation, is paramount in this regard. In the framework of the reform of the Organisation, we must furthermore revise the instruments at our disposal, be it peacekeeping operations, the Peacebuilding Commission, the Human Rights Council or the necessary integration of human rights in all aspects of UN action, and it is essential to overcome the fragmentation of the system and to enhance system-wide coherence. In this context, Minister Asselborn very warmly welcomed the appointment of Mrs. Michelle Bachelet as head of UN Women, the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

Minister Asselborn concluded his speech by recalling that Luxembourg is prepared to continue to play its part at the national level, but also as a member of the European Union, considering that by strengthening its capabilities and the synergy of its instruments following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU is now, more than ever, ready to be an active, effective and supportive actor for the United Nations, and this in all areas of the Organisation.

In his capacity as Vice-President of the 65th General Assembly, Minister Asselborn chaired the general debate of the Assembly in the morning of Thursday, 23 September 2010.

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