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Statement by Ms. Jana Simonova, Representative to United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities New York, November 2, 1999 Statement by Mrs. Petra Buzkova, First Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic, at the Conference of Presiding

  • Statement by Ms. Jana Simonova, Representative to United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities
    New York, November 2, 1999

  • Statement by Mrs. Petra Buzkova, First Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic, at the Conference of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments
    New York, 1 September 2000


Statement by Ms. Jana Simonova, Representative to United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities

Mr. President,

Let me congratulate you on your having been elected to the chair of our conference.

Mr. President,

The Czech Republic associated itself with the statement of the European Union as presented by the Finnish presidency earlier this morning. The Czech delegation also believes that the Pledging Conference has outlived its usefulness and that it is not the most cost-effective way of presenting commitments. In addition, the current schedule of reporting on the Pledging Conference does not enable countries to be informed about the payments provided during the whole year. We, therefore, fully support the proposal to pursue its formal abolition next year.

However, the existing Pledging Conference and the way of reporting on it should not been abolished without replacement, without introducing another mechanism which would provide needed information in a less costly way. We welcome new multi-year funding frameworks being established in those funds and programmes, such as UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF, but in addition to that, there is still need, in our view, for having the whole picture about the funding of all funds and programmes engaged in UN operational activities for development.

We, therefore, suggest to request SG to report annually on pledges and payments made in the course of each year in breakdown by funds and programmes and by countries. This report should be distributed by the end of April next year so that all member countries have complete information about pledges and payments made to UN funds and programmes in the previous year. This report should also serve as one of the key reports for the annual consideration of financial situation of the funds and programmes by ECOSOC.

Mr. President,

Hoping that this is the last Pledging Conference in this format, let me announce that the voluntary pledges of the Czech Republic for UN development activities in 2000 have been communicated to the Secretariat in due time. Our voluntary contributions to UN funds and programmes, which are still subject to Parliament approval, are going to grow by 13% in 2000. The increase is mainly aiming at UNDP and UNITAR. Another additional 13 %, which has not been included into the submitted pledges, is planned to directly support a UNDP project of regional cooperation.

Mr. President,

Let me conclude with reiterating our continuing strong support to UN operational activities for developoment and expressing our belief that a more suitable format will be found.


Statement by Mrs. Petra Buzkova, First Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic, at the Conference of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments

Mr. Chairman,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments on the United Nations' grounds at the break of the 2nd and 3rd millenniums has become a unique opportunity not only for reflection and reminiscences, but also for drawing new aspirations and plans.

The Parliament of the Czech Republic welcomes the long-term effort of the former and present Presidents of the Council of Inter-Parliamentary Union Mr. Martinez and Doctor Heptulla and the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in strengthening cooperation between the IPU and the UN. We hope these will culminate in adoption of our declaration tonight and we pledge our support to it.

The humankind has never before achieved such level of knowledge as at the end of the last century. However, never in history, so many human lives were wasted in the name of class, racial or ethnic intolerance like in those one hundred years. That century has been given a symptomatic name - "The Century of mega-killing".

Following this experience, promotion and strengthening of such values as freedom, universality of human rights and sustainable development is the only possible - although immensely difficult - basic duty of the elected deputies of peoples all over the world. The meeting of the heads of parliaments from the many member states of the IPU may become an important contribution to the strengthening of parliamentary role in permanent enforcement of those values.

Within the last ten years, the Czech Republic has undergone many changes. Being a small state in the heart of Europe that has recently become a member of the NATO and a candidate to membership of the EU, our country is ready to actively respond to the challenges that the international community faces at the threshold of a new millennium.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the world has come to a new era that has been given the name "globalization". Nowadays, people are closer to one another than ever before. The process of globalization must bring about prosperity, but it is also vital that diversity and individuality do not vanish from our lives in this interconnected world.

The name of this coming century must not scare our grandchildren one hundred years from now. We have the power and the trust of our nations to prevent the repetition of history. The parliaments and the governments will be judged at the next millennium summit fairly but uncompromisingly. The knowledge and wisdom at the end of the 21st century may be beyond our imagination but I would like to believe that the values shared universally will be the ones of a "g lobal village", not of a "global boot camp".

Thank you for your attention.