Office of the President of the Millennium Assembly
55th session of the United Nations General Assembly
 
 
 

55th session of the General Assembly
Item 182: Follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit
meeting with the Coordinators of the upcoming events
22 February 2001


As part of the President's follow up activities on the implementation of the Summit Declaration and to establish how best to make use of upcoming events within the United Nations system in the implementation of the Summit the office of the Assembly President arranged the 4th meeting with the coordinators of these events on February 22, 2001. The representatives of the respective secretariat departments/units were also invited.

The meeting focused on three issues: progress in preparations and updates on issues relating to civil society involvement and reporting and feed back from the events and conferences to the General Assembly.

General information on how the preparations are progressing

Participants were invited to assess whether and how well the different preparation processes have been understood and used as part of the implementation of the Summit. At the outset it was noted that in some cases the substantive negotiations have not yet progressed sufficiently to make this assessment.

All in all the different processes are perceived to and do in practice act as implementation tools of the Summit.

LDC-III:

Poverty eradication will be the central theme in this conference. Progress was quite slow in the last preparatory meeting, but hopefully the inter-sessional meetings and the next preparatory meeting will make good progress.

Istanbul + 5 (Habitat):
Preparatory process going on in Nairobi, briefing will be submitted later directly to the President.

HIV/AIDS Special Session:
The focus has been so far on the organisational issues. But he topic of HIV/AIDS is cross cutting and will be a very important part of the follow up to the Summit.

Small Arms Conference:
The next preparatory meeting in March will discuss also the issues that are of relevance in the Summit follow up based on the Chairman's draft on action plan.

Racism conference:
The conference has many thematic linkages to the outcome of the Summit and is thus very relevant in the follow up. The regional preparatory meetings have been held. Next inter-sessional meeting is in March and the President was invited to send a letter to remind the session of the Summit follow-up aspect.

Special Session on Children:
The Summit has been a key input for the Special Session on Children preparations. The aim is to have an overarching policy guidance that will cover many cross sectoral issues also dealt in the Summit.

World Food Summit+5:

This event aims to play a co-ordinating role in the follow up to the Summit. Preparatoty structure is led by the Committee of the World Food Security.

Financing for development:

There is a strong reference and link to the Summit in this process. It is particularly important to remind ourselves of the fact that the Heads of States made the commitments in September, since finance issues are not dealt solely by the Foreign Ministries.

The President's office informed participants about the President's participation in several events and conferences in order to underline the role these events play in the implementation process. An updated calendar of the up coming events and conferences is enclosed for information purposes (annex).

Civil society

The Office of the President drew attention to the fact that the issue was put on the agenda of the meeting for two main reasons: it is a common procedural point of all upcoming events, so synergies could be developed to rationalize negotiations that often take a huge part of the substantial negotiations. Furthermore strengthening the contribution of civil society was part of the Summit declaration, which again the President is keen to follow up.

It was pointed out that civil society participation is crucial in order to make these events a success. This is also part of the Summit follow up. Participants stressed that there are political sensitivities concerning the participation arrangements. It was noted that more attention should be paid to the general question of organising civil society participation.

Participants were invited once again to send information on the process, including preparations of any non-papers and time tables as well as which meetings would discuss this issue to General Assembly secretariat in order to have a focal point for information on the civil society involvement. In this way information will be available to all coordinators from the office of Mr. Perfiliev/GA Affairs.

Reporting back to the General Assembly

In the Resolution 162/55 various events and conferences are requested to report to the Assembly on how they will contribute to the implementation of the Millennium Declaration. At the last meeting it was suggested that a separate section on the Summit follow-up be included in the respective reports of these events and conferences.

Now it was noted that maybe we should try to be more ambitious, and try to see whether through co-operation of all relevant secretariat entities we could provide the Member States with a consolidated account of all events that will take place this year. This should be done without creating an additional burden/reporting channel. Participants were invited to consider the reporting modalities further and present ideas or thoughts at the next meeting on how the reporting back to the Assembly could be done in practice, including by using electronic reporting, oral reports or similar processes.

The President's office briefed the participants also about the ongoing efforts within the secretariat concerning the preparations of the road map.

Annex

Millennium Summit Follow-up
Dates for Up-Coming Events/Conferences and their Preparatory Processes


March

Special Session of the General Assembly on Review of the Problem of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in All Its Aspects;
Open-ended informal consultations of the Plenary; New York

World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance;
Open-Ended Inter-sessional Working Group; Geneva (6-9)

Special Session of the General Assembly on Review of the Problem of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in All Its Aspects;
Open-ended Informals of the Plenary; New York (13)

United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects;
3rd Prepcom; New York (19-30)

April

Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-III);
3rd Prepcom; New York (2-6)

Special Session of the General Assembly on Review of the Problem of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in All Its Aspects;
Open-ended Informal Consultations of the Plenary; New York (23-27)

May

High Level International Intergovernmental Consideration of Financing for Development;
3rd Prepcom; New York (2-8)

Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, (LDC III);
Brussels (14-20)


Special Session of the General Assembly on Review of the Problem of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in All Its Aspects;
Open-ended informals of the Plenary; New York (21-25)

Special Session of the General Assembly on Review of the Problem of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in All Its Aspects;
Open-ended Informal Consultations; New York (29)

Special Session of the General Assembly on Review of the Problem of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in All Its Aspects;
Plenary; New York (31)

Ten-Year Review of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (RIO+10);
1st Prepcom, organizational session

World Food Summit + 5Committee on World Food Security

May-June

World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance;
2nd Prepcom; Geneva (May 21- June 1)

June

Special Session of the General Assembly for an overall Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Istanbul +5);

New York (6-8)

Special Session of the General Assembly on Children;
3rd Substantive Session, New York (11-15)

Special Session of the General Assembly on Review of the Problem of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in All Its Aspects;
New York (25-27)


World Food Summit + 5;
FAO Council

July

July UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects;
New York (9-20)

August-September

World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance;
Durban, South Africa (Aug. 31- Sep. 7)



56th SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
11 September 2001 - 10 September 2002

September

Special Session of the General Assembly on Children
New York (19-21)

November

FAO Congress
Rome (2-13)

Food Summit + 5 (FAO)
Rome (13-17)

January

High Level International Intergovernmental Consideration of Financing for DevelopmentPrepcom (tentative)

FirstQuarter of year 2002

High Level International Intergovernmental Consideration of Financing for Development


January-April

World Summit on Sustainable Development (RIO+10);
Prepcoms to be decided

May

World Summit on Sustainable Development (RIO+10);
Ministerial Prepcom, Jakarta, Indonesia


TBD

World Summit on Sustainable Development (RIO+10);
Johannesburg, South Africa