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The 2005 World Summit: UN Reform, Security, Environment and Development


  • Joy Hyvarinen

    1. International Treaties Adviser to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and has served on the Board of Directors of the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre
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This article reviews the negotiations leading up to the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which centred on United Nations reform, a review of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a follow-up of major UN conferences. The article considers the human security concept and the different perspectives of developed and developing countries in environmental negotiations. It provides an overview of the negotiations in the months before the Summit. The final part of the article considers the outcome of the World Summit and institutional questions related to the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the new UN Peace-Building Commission.