UN must now turn words into action
The 191 UN member states have to reduce poverty, fight terrorism and start reforming the UN to meet 21st century challenges.world Updated: Oct 29, 2005 12:55 IST
After the world's biggest gathering of world leaders and a week of follow-up speeches, the 191 UN member states now have the tough job of turning words into action to reduce poverty, fight terrorism and start reforming the UN to meet 21st century challenges.
Speaker after speaker in the General Assembly, where all nations have a voice, said their people would be watching to see whether the leaders deliver on their promises in a 35-page document approved at the end of their three-day summit last week.
In his speech before banging the gavel last evening to end the week-long ministerial debate, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said the world body must move quickly on follow- up and implementation so "the political energy" generated during negotiations, summit, and ministerial session isn't lost.
"The world will be watching us closely," Eliasson said. "The extent to which we - all of us in this assembly - can muster a spirit of urgency and common purpose in the coming days and weeks will ultimately determine whether the World Summit goes down in history as a missed opportunity for the United Nations, or - as I hope - as the start of the most substantial reform programme in the history of the organisation."
He said he plans to make proposals on follow-up and implementation by the end of next week and to start work quickly after consultations.
For the majority of the world's nations, the final document's 16-page section on achieving UN Millennium Development Goals is crucial.
First Published: Oct 29, 2005 12:55 IST