Following is the text of a letter, dated 2 August 2001:
To: All Permanent Missions and Permanent Observer Missions to the United Nations, New York
From: The President of the General Assembly
I am writing to you in connection with civil society outreach, a subject which has been discussed in the United Nations for a number of years.
In my acceptance speech last September, I stressed that the United Nations outreach towards civil society is closely related to the overall relevance of the Organisation. The development of this relationship is both a challenge and an opportunity. The work of civil society actors is indispensable and complements the role of the United Nations in many fields.
It is in this spirit I am pleased to enclose a copy of a reference document on the participation of civil society during the 1990s at the United Nations conferences and Special Sessions of the General Assembly prepared by my Office.
I am also enclosing a copy of a report of the UN Civil Society Outreach Symposium
held under my patronage from 30 May to 2 June 2001 sponsored by the Stanley
Foundation and the World Federation of United Nations Associations.
Both documents are also available on my web site (http://www.un.org/ga/president).
At the Millennium Summit, Member States resolved to give greater opportunities to civil society to contribute to the realization of the Organisation's goals and programmes. In this context, I hope that you will find these two documents useful and of interest when you continue your discussions on this issue.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.