UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan speaking to the World Summit.
Speech by Secretary General Kofi Annan at the 2005 World Summit, New York, United States, September 14, 2005. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

World Summit, 14-16 September 2005, New York

Background

The Millennium Development Goals: Five years later

The 2005 World Summit, which took place September 14-16 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, brought together more than 170 heads of state and government. The summit's agenda was based on a series of proposals put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his report “In Greater Freedom”.

At the Summit, world leaders agreed to intervene on a variety of fronts to address major global issues. Governments made strong commitments to achieving the development goals set out in the Millennium Declaration by 2015, pledging an additional $50 billion per year to fight poverty, determined to find innovative sources of development finance as well as additional measures to ensure long-term debt sustainability. They also declared themselves firmly committed to trade liberalization and pledged to work diligently to implement the development aspects of the Doha work program.