Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (99)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

99. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding the establishment of a parliamentary assembly at the United Nations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46152/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

Since joining the United Nations in 1955, Ireland has been consistent in our commitment to the values and principles enshrined in the UN Charter.

As a strong supporter of the United Nations, Ireland actively and positively engages in discussions and actions at the UN level to promote and affect reform of the organisation, across a range of priority areas.

Ireland remains open-minded to the concept of a UN Parliamentary Assembly in the context of overall UN reform.

I am conscious that those who advocate for the establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly seek increased transparency and oversight of the UN and its work. My Department remains open to engaging with those advocating for a Parliamentary Assembly.

The United Nations will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, in 2020. As we near this important anniversary, Ireland will continue to support UN reform measures to improve the functioning of the organisation, so that the objectives of the UN Charter, which are widely shared in the Oireachtas, can be achieved.