His Excellency Julian R. Hunte, President of
the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Monday, September 29, 2003 - With week one of the 58th
Session of the United Nations General Assembly - which comprises some 191
members - completed, His Excellency Julian R. Hunte, President of the 58th
Session of the United Nations General Assembly, says it has been a remarkable
first round of intense discussions, especially in the aftermath of the Iraq war.
President Hunte has described the United Nations as a melting pot where the
nations of the world converge to discuss matters of mutual interest. The 58th
Session is being attended by 90 Heads of state, which Mr. Hunte says, is
indicative of their interest in the United Nations.
Having held the post of St. Lucia’s Ambassador to the UN, Mr. Hunte says St.
Lucia has provided to the General Assembly quality leadership that falls in line
with the issues of the day. Commenting on the Prime Minister’s presentation to
the Assembly last week, he said, “Dr. Anthony’s speech was right on target
ranking very high as it relates to the 58th General Assembly.”
“Here again we have fallen in line with the tradition which this General
Assembly and indeed most international fora. We have been able to produce
speeches which reflect people’s concerns, not only in terms of delivery but
content, the prime minister did deliver an outstanding speech,” he added.
According to Mr. Hunte, amongst the varied goals of the Presidency is to affect
a new modus operandi. The new president will also allow a change in the roster
in terms of rotating the chair to allow vice presidents to serve whilst he
attends to other bilateral matters.
The President has proposed to have meetings with the ad-hoc working group to run
until October 15th to deal with the revitalization of the General Assembly. Mr.
Hunte remains confident that current Presidency will deliver not only in terms
of managing the affairs of the General Assembly but also in dealing with the
resolutions tabled by various committees.