|Date||19 November 2002|
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Agenda item 165
Observer status for the Asian Development Bank in the General Assembly
Report of the Sixth Committee (A/57/572)
The Assembly will now take a decision on the draft resolution recommended by the Sixth Committee in paragraph 7 of its report.
The Sixth Committee adopted the draft resolution without a vote. May I take it that the Assembly wishes to do likewise?
In accordance with the resolution just adopted, I now give the floor to the observer for the Asian Development Bank.
I would like, on behalf of the President of the Asian Development Bank, Mr. Tadao Chino, to thank the General Assembly for adopting the resolution inviting our Bank to participate in the sessions and work of the General Assembly in the capacity of observer.
We would also like to thank the representative of China for sponsoring the draft resolution, as well as the delegations that sponsored it and the members of the Sixth Committee, which recommended its adoption.
The purpose of the Asian Development Bank is to foster economic growth, development and regional cooperation in the Asian and Pacific region. Our overarching objective is to reduce poverty in our developing member countries. In so doing, we are committed to helping them in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals that were adopted at the Millennium Summit in September 2000. We believe that strengthened cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank will greatly benefit our endeavours, and we look forward very much to working closely with the United Nations family.
May I take it that it is the wish of the Assembly to conclude its consideration of agenda item 165?