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Volkan Bozkir (President of the General Assembly) at the conclusion of the main part of the 75th session of the General Assembly - Resumed 48th plenary meeting, 75th session
31 Dec 2020 -  Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,
As we draw towards the conclusion of this final plenary meeting in this historic year, I thank you for your engagement during the holiday season. Your dedication throughout negotiations is a testament to your professionalism.
I extend my profound gratitude to the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly, the Chairs and Bureaux of the Main Committees and the Secretariat, for their extraordinary work and support. Together, we continued the work of the Assembly, despite unprecedented challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, the General Assembly continued to lead on the world stage and fully function, in order to implement its mandates. Through innovation, the Assembly implemented mitigation measures and new working methods, which ensured business continuity, in order to meet the needs of the people we serve.
Distinguished delegates,
The UN75 poster, at the entrance to the General Assembly Hall, reflects the accomplishments of our Organisation over the past three-quarters of a century. But for me, it also serves as a reminder that each delegation here in New York epitomized the very best of diplomacy throughout the greatest challenge in the history of our Organisation.
We worked together to build consensus, exercise prudence and flexibility, at a critical time in history. Over the course of the main session more than 75 plenary meetings were convened here in the General Assembly Hall, including the General Debate, the Summit on Biodiversity, the high-level meetings on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, as well as the 31st Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We prioritized inclusion, seeking ways to ensure meaningful participation of Observers, civil society and other important stakeholders.
I trust that we will continue this momentum throughout the remainder of the session, including through my “Vaccines for All” initiative.
This is the time for deciding upon New Year’s resolutions and I urge you to join me in my intentions.

1) Much work remains to be done if we are to make progress on the key priorities of the 75th session. Multilateralism remains the only vehicle to end the COVID-19 pandemic and create a better world. We must continue to seek every opportunity in the New Year to advance the humanitarian agenda, with a focus on safeguarding and empowering the people in the most vulnerable situations. This must be done in parallel with urgent action on the 2030 Agenda, including gender equality. In 2021, we must address the needs of those furthest behind first.

2) In this Decade of Action to implement Sustainable Development, we each have a role to play as individuals in our communities and as the international community. We need to continue in our endeavors towards achieving the SDGs, while ‘greening the blue’. Climate change continues to destabilize the world and has not paused in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3) In 2020, this General Assembly Hall has become the United Nations Hall, as it is one of the few rooms in United Nations Headquarters with the capacity to facilitate social distancing.
In the New Year, we will continue to facilitate the UN Bodies to utilize the Hall, to live up to our promise, to create the UN we need for the future we want.

4) Finally, I believe in the power of humanity, to create a better future for all, and I hope you will join me in re-committing to the Charter of the United Nations and strengthening multilateralism.
Let us not forget that our work here in the General Assembly requires us to recognize the great responsibility placed upon us by the people we serve. It is our solemn duty to engage in constructive dialogue in the pursuit of the noble goals of the United Nations: the universal achievement of peace, human rights and sustainable development.

I am confident that by continuing to work together, we will fulfil the aspirations of the founders of our Organisation, as they envisaged 75 years ago.
Distinguished delegates,
Your work here often requires personal and family sacrifice. You should know that this does not go unnoticed. I thank you all for your tireless efforts throughout 2020 and I hope that you enjoy a restorative break.
I wish you all a peaceful, prosperous, healthy and happy New Year.
Thank you very much.