New York

04 December 2003

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

The High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, chaired by Mr. Anand Panyarachun of Thailand, will meet for the first time from 5-7 December. The Panel will meet with the Secretary-General and will then proceed to a venue outside the city for two days of intensive briefings and meetings.

The Panel is being asked to examine the landscape of peace and security, broadly defined; identify the contribution of collective action in addressing the major challenges and threats, both hard and soft; and recommend the changes necessary to ensure effective collection action, especially by the UN.