Millennium Forum

Millennium Forum will look at
challenges of new century

United Nations General Assembly HallPicture, right: the UN General Assembly Hall on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, 22 October 1995. (UN/DPI Photo# 9510-2217/12 by G. Kinch)

UNITED NATIONS - In an unusual arrangement, the Millennium Forum has been given the use of the UN General Assembly Hall for its opening and closing sessions, which have now been scheduled for 22 and 26 May 2000. The meeting will seek to bring together civil society representatives from all over the world to consult about the global challenges that must be confronted by the United Nations in the 21st Century.

As well, in a meeting held 28-29 June, the Steering Committee of the Forum established its main sub-themes. These themes will correspond to, but not match, the themes that are being proposed for consideration by governments at the UN's Millennium Assembly meeting, which has now been scheduled for 6 September 2000.

The sub-themes for the Millennium Forum will be: 1) Peace, security and disarmament; 2) Eradication of poverty; 3) Human rights; 4) Sustainable development and environment; 5) Strengthening and democratizing the UN and international institutions; and, 6) Facing the challenges of globalization: achieving equality, justice, and diversity. -One Country newsletter.

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