At the outset, I wish to congratulate and thank you, Mr. President, for convening this important meeting. We are particularly pleased to see you, Sir presiding over this informative meeting and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the leadership of your country at the head of the Security Council.
I want to also extend my appreciation to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo and to the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, for their briefings. They have both provided important contributions in assessing the ongoing cooperation between the two organizations and how to continue strengthening it.
Finally, we recognize the presence of the Secretary-General-elect of the OIC, Mr. Iyad Madani, and the Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, Ms. M’Barka Bouaida.
The role of regional organizations is key today in an international system that has evolved since the creation of the United Nations from an Organization comprising 51 countries to one with 193 countries. It is therefore not surprising that the weight of and the differences between different regional realities are reflected in the creation and increasing participation of new organizations. In that sense, the focus on integration is an effective way to build regional consensus in this globalized world.
On 6 August, during the Argentina’s presidency of the Security Council, we addressed the issue of cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security (see S/PV.7015). We agreed to ask the Secretary-General to include recommendations on ways to strengthen such cooperation in his next biennial report to the Security Council and the General Assembly.
That opportunity allowed us to share recent developments in different regions of the world. In the context of Latin America and the Caribbean, the pro tempore Chair of the Union of South American Nations clearly illustrated the constructive willingness of South American societies, which is reflected in the primary role that the young organization assumed in successfully carrying out various mediation exercises, enabling the peaceful resolution of disputes that have arisen between our peoples as a result of circumstance. We are also able to hear the President pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States expound upon his work to reach a solution to one of the most serious bilateral crises in recent years in Latin America and the Caribbean.
It became clear that each regional or subregional organization had its own level of development and reflected different realities and needs. We therefore consider it important that the United Nations establish the forms and extent of cooperation with each of those regional organizations in accordance with that diversity.
In that regard, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has members on four continents, is destined to have a major role in the peaceful settlement of disputes. That is clear in the developments in recent years with regard to peace and safety, as reflected in the 10 year programme of action through 2015 adopted by the Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in 2005 and the new Charter of the organization in 2008. It is also clear that the organization of Islamic Cooperation can play a role as facilitator in promoting the peace process in the Middle East, so that the parties and the countries of the region can reach the ultimate goal of establishing a just and lasting peace-the goal long sought by the international community.
Therefore, as expressed in resolution 67/264, adopted by consensus in the General Assembly and by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, we strongly support the continuing cooperation between those bodies with the common goal of seeking solutions to global problems. This includes areas such as disarmament, self-determination, the promotion of a culture of peace through dialogue and cooperation, decolonization, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the fight against international terrorism, capacity-building, the fight against pandemics and endemic diseases, environmental protection, climate change, emergency relief and rehabilitation, and technical cooperation.
The President of my country, Mrs. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, stated at that same meeting of 6 August that peace and security are not simply a military concept. There are many examples throughout the history of humankind that assure us that what really builds societies and builds stability are the values and ideals that a society and its millions of global partners uphold. We understand that these values are shared by all. Therefore, strengthening the cooperation between the United Nations and other entities of the United Nations system and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its organs and institutions contributes to promoting the purposes and principles of the United Nations. Therefore we call on the United Nations and the organization of Islamic Cooperation to strengthen the cooperative ties and channels between them and with other regional organizations.