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Luxembourg participates in the first Conference on Small States

Published Monday October 01 2012

The Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of Luxembourg, H.E. Mrs. Marie-Josée Jacobs addressed the first Conference on Small States, which was organized by the Republic of Singapore on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Forum of Small States (FOSS).

Minister Jacobs spoke on the topic « Small States and their Role in International Relations », sharing her perspective on how Small States like Luxembourg can contribute to global affairs, multilateral diplomacy and international security, including through the Security Council.

The Minister recalled that given their size and geography, Small States are making a disproportionate contribution to multilateralism because they know that multilateralism is for them the only way to have their say and their voice heard in world affairs.

In this context, Minister Jacobs highlighted Luxembourg’s contribution to the United Nations, chairing ECOSOC in 2009, co-facilitating the preparations of the High-level event on the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Sustainable development of Small Island Developing States in 2010 and for the High-level event on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2011. Luxembourg has also been very active in the UN Peacebuilding Commission since its creation in 2005. Since February 2011, Luxembourg is chairing the Guinea Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission.

The Minister underlined that the fight against poverty is a top priority for Luxembourg. Since the year 2000, Luxembourg has reached the objective set by the United Nations by dedicating at least 0.7% of its gross national income to official development assistance. In 2009 and 2010, this aid exceeded 1% of gross national income. Minister Jacobs assured the participants at the Conference that the Government of Luxembourg is determined to maintain this effort.

After drawing attention to Luxembourg’s active participation in peacekeeping operations under UN mandate, currently in Kosovo, Lebanon and Afghanistan, Minister Jacobs recalled that, already eleven years ago, Luxembourg had declared its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the period 2013-2014. She reiterated Luxembourg’s readiness to share primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, which the UN Member States have conferred on the Security Council under the Charter. Minister Jacobs noted that before Luxembourg, other Small States represented at the Forum had shown through their contribution to the work of the Security Council that size does not matter when it comes to the commitment to effective multilateralism.

Link to the statement by Minister Jacobs