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Welcome Message from Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis


Dear friends,

Welcome to the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations.

Cyprus has been a proud member of the UN since its independence in 1960. The UN has always been at the core of Cyprus’ foreign policy; as a small state and living in the major part of his history as an independent state, with a national problem caused by its mighty neighbor, Cyprus relies on effective multilateralism to achieve peace, prosperity, and promotion of universal values. We must continue to invest in the United Nations as the best hope we have for conflict prevention and resolution, sustainable development, respect for human rights, and democracy.

It is a privilege to serve my country as its Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the second time in my career. My team and I will work tirelessly to advance the interests, the principles, and the vision of Cyprus and of the European Union and to work collectively with our colleagues from around the world to tackle the serious global challenges we face, in synergy and cooperation in a sustained collective effort for a better world for all.

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Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis


mavroyiannis-gaStatement by Ambassador  Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, on the Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization

United Nations General Assembly, 22 January 2020 

Mr. President,

My statement complements that of the European Union.

At the outset, let me welcome the timing of this debate, which allows us more time to better prepare, and follows the main session of the Assembly, giving us the opportunity to dwell on our recent performance and learn from our experiences in order to better chart our future course. We welcome the presentation by the SG, in this framework, of his priorities for 2020 and we see merit in having, in the beginning of each year, a debate on the state of the organization.

Driven by the need to rationalize our cycle of work more broadly, I see merit in the proposal to adjust it to the calendar year. Annual reports could be presented in January and the term of the PGA could also begin in January. The high-level week and the work of the main Committees would remain as they are, with necessary adjustments to their resumed sessions, thus taking place at the end of each GA session, as the pinnacle of our work during the session. This would allow the PGA to better prepare for the high-level week and our leaders to take stock of the work done during the year.  …..more