NEW YORK (July 17) — The Philippines will play a key role in the forthcoming 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly following the election of Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr. as vice chair of the Disarmament and International Security (First) Committee, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations reported yesterday.
Ambassador Davide was elected as vice chair representing the Asian Group together with Florian Laudi of Germany (Western European and Other States Group) and Hossam Aly of Egypt (African Group). Tetyana Pokhvalona of Ukraine (Eastern European Group) was elected as the Rapporteur of the First Committee. The four were elected by acclamation on 14 July 2009, during the 24th Meeting of the First Committee of the 63rd Session of the General Assembly.
The Philippine Mission said that Ambassador Jose Luis Cancela, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations (Latin American and Caribbean Group), was elected on 10 June 2009 as Chair of the First Committee for the 64th Session.
The First Committee discusses all matters pertaining to disarmament and international security and deliberates on resolutions proposed by UN Member States that deal with disarmament, including small arms and light weapons and nuclear arms. The 63rd Session adopted a total of 58 resolutions.
“The election of the Philippines to this important body will allow us to help guide toward positive outcomes the discussions and debate on disarmament matters during the upcoming 64th Session of the General Assembly,” Ambassador Davide said.
“This election together with the endorsement of the Philippines as President-elect of the 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference shows the trust and confidence of the international community in the Philippines’ leadership on disarmament issues,” he added.
The term of Ambassador Davide as Vice Chair will last for the entire duration of the 64th Session of the General Assembly. The meetings and the deliberations of the Committee on the various disarmament resolutions will begin in the third week of September 2009 and will end by the first week of November 2009.
“It is in the interest of the Philippines to see to it that the resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are followed by UN Member States, since they promote not just the security of a country or region, but that of the world,” Ambassador Davide said.