General Assembly pledges to work more closely with regional groups for development

The Assembly, voting unanimously on Friday, adopted four resolutions aimed at enhanced cooperation with the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and the International Organization of la Francophonie.All four resolutions seek to consolidate the ties of the UN system and the organizations towards the “furtherance of shared objectives and the promotion of cooperation in resolving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems,” the Assembly said.During the debate, nearly 40 speakers urged the world body to take advantage of the expertise and on-the-ground experience of regional and local groups to assist in key areas, including promoting equitable development, in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); monitoring environmental degradation and the use of natural resources; and even conflict resolution and peacebuilding, a particular concern for speakers from Africa, the Pacific island States, and the wider developing world.

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