Election of the Chair of the 70th session of the First Committee - General Assembly

Peter van der Vliet Chargé d’Affaires of the Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations New York, 15 June 2015

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

On behalf of Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, who could not be present today, I would like to thank the UN membership for the faith it placed in the Kingdom of the Netherlands by electing Ambassador van Oosterom as Chair of the First Committee of the 70th session of the General Assembly.

The past year has witnessed some key developments with regard to multilateral disarmament, most notably the 2015 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in April and May here in New York. Although the Conference did not result in a consensus outcome, it made clear that our common goal of a global zero still stands firm. The only way forward is to make every effort to bridge our remaining differences on disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to work together to achieve this common goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

Major developments also occurred in the field of conventional arms. The entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty was made possible by shared political will and determination. It showed that multilateral efforts can be of great benefit for advancing our shared objectives on arms control, the reduction of conflicts and enhancing peace and security.

Mr. Chair,

Ambassador van Oosterom looks forward to help guide the work of the First Committee to a successful conclusion. He asked me to assure you that, to that end, he is fully committed to working with all UN Member States in an inclusive, transparent and efficient way. Ambassador van Oosterom feels confident that, with your support and that of the Bureau and the Secretariat, we will have a constructive and fruitful session.