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A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility
Report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel
on Threats, Challenges and Change (2004)
In November 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed a 16-member panel of prominent politicians, diplomats and development experts to assess the threats then facing the international community, and to evaluate the UN's ability to address those challenges, and also recommend policy and institutional changes to deal with them.
The report was presented, on 2 December 2004, to the Secretary-General, by the Chairman of the Panel, former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun of Thailand.
The report contained 101 recommendations for dealing with the six areas identified by the Panel as being the greatest threats to worldwide security in the twenty-first century: continued poverty and environmental degradation, terrorism, civil war, conflict between states, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and organized crime.
The Panel's other recommendations include adopting a definition of terrorism, something the General Assembly's legal committee had not been able to do after years of discussion; rebuilding the global public health system; revitalizing the nuclear non-proliferation regime; and reforming each of the principal organs of the United Nations.
The report stated "Development has to be the first line of defence for a collective security system that takes prevention seriously. Combating poverty will not only save millions of lives but also strengthen States’ capacity to combat terrorism, organized crime and proliferation. Development makes everyone more secure."
Anand Panyarachun (Thailand), Chairman
Robert Badinter (France)
João Clemente Baena Soares (Brazil)
Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway)
Mary Chinery-Hesse (Ghana)
Gareth Evans (Australia)
David Hannay (United Kingdom)
Enrique Iglesias (Uruguay)
Amre Moussa (Egypt)
Satish Nambiar (India)
Sadako Ogata (Japan)
Yevgeny Primakov (Russia)
Qian Qichen (China)
Nafis Sadik (Pakistan)
Salim Ahmed Salim (United Republic of Tanzania)
Brent Scowcroft (United States)