67. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his position on the campaign for a United Nations parliamentary assembly; when a parliamentary assembly will be inaugurated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20595/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - United Nations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Since joining the United Nations in 1955, Ireland has been strongly committed to the values and principles of the UN Charter.
As a steadfast supporter of the UN, Ireland continues to advocate, through a range of fora, for reform of the UN’s structures and systems to best equip the organisation to respond to the many and interlinked global challenges of the twenty first century. Ireland is committed, in this context, to ...

243. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on Ireland’s position with regard to the proposed United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, UNPA; the stage the movement is at to create an UNPA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30880/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - United Nations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland is steadfastly committed to the United Nations and the principles and values of the UN Charter.
As a strong supporter of the UN, Ireland continues to advocate, through a range of fora, for reform of the UN’s structures and systems to ensure that it is better equipped to respond to the challenges of the twenty-first century. In the context of this wider engagement on UN reform, proposals which aim to improve the effectiveness ...

271. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the recent resignation of a person (details supplied) following the withdrawal of a report on current developments in the occupied territories of Palestine; his position and the measures he is taking on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15120/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - United Nations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 266, 271 and 272 together.
I am aware of the resignation of the former UN Under-Secretary General and Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Executive Secretary, Rima Khalaf, and also of the report commissioned and published by the ESCWA member states on 15 March. I understand also that another ESCWA report was withdrawn last month on the instruction of the UN Secretary General.
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332. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when he plans to meet the new UN Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres; the proposals he will raise with the Secretary General on the urgent reform and strengthening of the UN; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2881/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - United Nations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have written to Secretary General Guterres congratulating him on his appointment, and I look forward to meeting with him. I believe that his considerable national and international political experience and his familiarity with the work of the UN leave him well placed to address the challenges that face the organisation. Ireland welcomes the more transparent and open selection process which led to Mr Guterres’ appointment, and ...