It is highly regrettable that the UNDC yet again was not able to produce a consensus outcome. We had hoped that the Commission would have reached agreement on the need to support and further strengthen multilateral treaties and mechanisms in the field of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation.
The UNDC could have sent a strong message to the ongoing NPT Review Process on the need to forge a new consensus on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
The UNDC could have stated its support for the Mine Ban Convention.
The UNDC could have supported efforts to combat illicit small arms and light weapons, and nurtured the process leading up to an Arms Trade Treaty.
The UNDC could have supported ongoing negotiations to ban cluster munitions causing unacceptable humanitarian harm.
But unfortunately this was not possible.
All of this shows that the UNDC in its current form does not live up to our expectations. Norway would encourage a frank discussion on what we want to achieve with the Commission and what sort of improvements could help us get there.
Norway strongly believes in multilateralism. We also believe that the UNDC can play a useful role as a deliberative body in order to facilitate long-term consensus building. We are more than ready to enter into an honest debate about how to improve the working methods of the Commission. We consider such an exercise to be a continuation of our efforts to restore the relevance of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly and the role of the UN in arms control matters.
We hope other member countries are also ready to engage in a process to make UNDC more relevant and credible than what it is today, and look forward to consulting with our colleagues on this in the weeks to come.
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