30 Apr

On 30 April, the Ad Hoc Working Group held its fourth thematic debate on the Revitalization of the General Assembly. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary in her intervention reaffirmed Hungary’s continued support for the process, especially strengthening the Office of the PGA.

On 30 April, the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) held its fourth thematic debate on the General Assembly (GA) Revitalization: Strengthening the accountability, transparency, and institutional memory of the Office of the President of the General Assembly. The aim of the AHWG is to revitalize the UN General Assembly, including its working methods, so that the UN could better mirror the changes of the outside world, and respond accordingly.

Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary in her intervention emphasized that past achievements of the process are clear and strong indications for the future (dialogue with PGA candidates; standardized format of the handover document between presidencies; the updated oath of office; briefings to Member States; preservation of records). She welcomed that the present PGA is a female but said 4 female PGA out of 73 is not enough and this should not mislead us. On the financial issues the Ambassador outlined that reliable and sustainable financial support as well as longer-term appointments would better ensure equality in performance and effectiveness of the Office. Also, taking into account the increased tasks and responsibilities, she called on Member States to strengthen the Office with experts to have a more capable and well-staffed crew behind the PGA. She noted, that Hungary has been happily supporting the OPGA`s work (both with financial contributions and human resources).

The meeting was the fourth and last thematic debate of the AHWG, from now on the drafting session will continue.

Please find here the full statement.

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