ecoglobe [yinyang] news (10 November 1999)

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UN - millennium forum / assembly
Peace Movement Aotearoa / New Zealand

Follow up to the 'Sign on for Global Justice' message circulated yesterday, brief background, and the relevant dates of the millennium forum (for NGOs) and the millennium assembly / summit (for governments).

On 17 December 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution 53/202 by which it decided to designate the fifty-fifth session the General Assembly to be opened on 5 September 2000 as "The Millennium Assembly of the United Nations" and to convene a "Millennium Summit of the United Nations". In endorsing the proposal for the Millennium Assembly and Millennium Summit, which has been put forward by the Secretary-General, the General Assembly decided that the turn of the century constitutes a unique and symbolically compelling moment for the membership of the United Nations to articulate and affirm an animating vision for the United Nations in the new era.

When the Heads of State and/or Government of the Member States of the United Nations converge on the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York to participate in the Millennium Summit starting on 6 September 2000, is likely to be the largest single gathering of Heads of State and/or Government ever held in the world. The Summit will be a historic opportunity to agree on a process for fundamental review of the role of, and challenges facing the United Nations in the new century.

As a companion event, and further to the Secretary-Generalís recommendation, civil society organizations will organize and hold on 22-26 May 2000 at United Nations Headquarters a "Millennium Forum"

In preparation for the Millennium Assembly and of the report to be submitted by the Secretary-General to the Millennium Assembly, five informal regional hearings have been held in Beirut for Western Asia, in Addis Ababa for Africa, in Geneva for Europe, in Santiago de Chile for Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Tokyo for Asia and the Pacific, to elicit the views of civil society with respect to the Millennium Assembly. A sixth regional hearing for North America will be held in Chicago in January 2000.

"The occasion of the third millennium presents a timely opportunity for the only global organization, in terms of its membership as much as of its areas of work, to identify the challenges that it will face in the future and to engage in an imaginative exercise to enhance and strengthen a unique institution".
Secretary-General Kofi Annan

[We received this contribution from Peace Movement Aotearoa PO Box 9314, Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand tel +64 4 382 8129, fax +64 4 382 8173, the national networking group for peace people Tue, 09 Nov 1999 10:21:09 +1300]
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