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We The Peoples
The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century
(Millennium Report of the Secretary-General)

We the Peoples - the Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century


At the end of March 2000, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan released a report "We the Peoples - The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century". This report has become widely known as the Millennium Report.

Prepared ahead of the Millennium Summit, a special session of the fifty-fifth session of the UN General Assembly (6 – 8 September 2000), the report laid out a vision for the United Nations in the age of globalization. In it, the Secretary-General offered an action plan to make globalization work for the people everywhere. The most comprehensive presentation of the UN’s mission in its fifty-five year history, the report contained numerous specific goals and programme initiatives.

The Millennium Development Goals, which emanated from UN Summits and Conferences of the 1990s, were proposed in the Millennium Report, and endorsed in the United Nations Millennium Declaration of 8 September 2000.

In the section titled "for consideration by the Summit", the end of the Millennium Report stated:

"The following values, which reflect the spirit of the Charter, are—I believe—shared by all nations, and are of particular importance for the age we are now entering:

Freedom. Men and women have the right to live their lives and raise their children in dignity, free from hunger and squalor and from the fear of violence or oppression. Theserights are best assured by representative government, based on the will of the people.

Equity and solidarity. No individual and no nation must be denied the opportunity to benefit from globalization. Global risks must be managed in a way that shares the costs and burdens fairly. Those who suffer, or who benefit least, are entitled to help from those who benefit most.

Tolerance. Human beings must respect each other, in all their diversity of faith, culture and language. Differences within and between societies should be neither feared nor repressed, but cherished.

Non-violence. Disputes between and within nations should be resolved by peaceful means, except where use of force is authorized by the Charter.

Respect for nature. Prudence should be shown in handling all living species and natural resources. Only so can the immeasurable riches we inherit from nature be preserved and passed on to our descendants.

Shared responsibility. States must act together to maintain international peace and security, in accordance with the Charter.The management of risks and threats that affect all the world’s peoples should be considered multilaterally."


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We the Peoples - The Role of the United Nations in the 21st Century