56th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session- Part 1

Resolution Also Seeks to Enhance Cooperation Between the Two Organizations, Towards Peace, Progress and Development in Region.

The General Assembly this afternoon recommended that the first general meeting between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its associated institutions and the United Nations system take place next year, by the terms of a resolution adopted this afternoon without a vote.

The purpose of the meeting, to be held in New York, would be for consultations on projects, measures and procedures to facilitate and strengthen cooperation between the two organizations.

The resolution also calls on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to assist in furthering the development of peace and security within the region, and urges the specialized agencies and other organizations to cooperate with the Secretary-General in order to maintain and increase consultations and programmes with CARICOM.

The representative of Saint Lucia, who introduced the text, recalled that two years ago, the CARICOM heads of government decided to seek an even closer relationship with the United Nations. Also that year, they decided to support the international community in the restoration of democracy in Haiti, and participated in the multinational force in that country.

The representative of the European Union, recalling the agreement reached by CARICOM Foreign Ministers in May on specific areas of enhanced cooperation with the United Nations, said that areas where a heightened cooperation would be particularly useful included the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, peace-keeping operations, the development of programmes to reduce poverty, and the implementation of the 1994 Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.

Statements were also made by the Bahamas, Cameroon on behalf of the African States, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Jamaica on behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean States, United States, Germany, Argentina, Italy and the Observer for the Caribbean Community.

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