Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo today said the United States appreciates Portugal’s commitment to improving the working methods of the Security Council.
At a Security Council Debate on UN Security Council Working Methods, Ms. DiCarlo thanked Portugal’s initiative in convening the fourth open debate on the topic.
“We recognize Ambassador Ivan Barbalic of Bosnia and Herzegovina for his work as chair of the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions and the excellent management of these issues by the Bosnian mission.” -Ms. DiCarlo
She said the discussions of the working methods of the Council are important to ensuring that the Council remains able to address the challenges of the 21st century.
“On behalf of the membership of the United Nations, the Council has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It is essential that in carrying out this role, its work be as effective, efficient and transparent as possible.” -Ms. DiCarlo
Ms. DiCarlo said the Council recognizes the need for other UN members, who are partners in the maintenance of peace and security, to be informed of and appropriately involved with the Council’s work.
“To achieve that end, the Council, some years ago, revitalized its Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions.” – Ms. DiCarlo
She stressed that discussion builds upon the extensive work done by the Working Group as well as the recommendations outlined in Note 507 by the President of the Security Council.