Development Information Day
24 October 2002
Message by H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan
President of the 57th session of the United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly instituted World Development
Information Day at its twenty-seventh session in December 1972
with the object of drawing the attention of world public opinion
each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening
international co-operation to solve them. The General Assembly
also decided that World Development Information Day should coincide,
in principle, with United Nations Day to stress the central
role of development in the work of the United Nations.
world thirty years ago, when World Development Information Day
was established, significantly differs from our world today.
It was the middle of the Cold War and these events seriously
hampered international cooperation. The flow of information
was also much more restricted than it is today in the era of
the Internet and other modern and sophisticated means of communication.
However, despite the relentless work of the United Nations and
other international organisations active in the field of information
and development, the need for development information remains
extremely important and urgent.
United Nations Millennium Summit brought new impetus to the
development agenda. Two years ago, world leaders adopted the
United Nations Millennium Declaration with clearly stated Millennium
Development Goals that should be achieved within specific time
frames. This year, the United Nations General Assembly has considered
the achievements and gaps in the implementation of the Millennium
Declaration and generally agreed with the conclusion made by
the United Nations Secretary General in his report, that the
world is falling short in meeting these goals and that the results
achieved so far are "at best mixed".
me express my full support to the initiative of the United Nations
Secretary-General to launch the United Nations Millennium Campaign.
I would like to urge all United Nations member countries to
do their part in bringing the Millennium Development Goals to
the top of their agenda everywhere.
I would like therefore, on the occasion of World Development
Information Day 2002, to emphasize that reviewing the implementation
of the Millennium Development Goals could provide an excellent
opportunity for considering development information at a high