impartiality, non-selectivity and inclusiveness, could contribute to the attainment of the goal of democracy consolidation at national and international levels. Therefore, they condemned any politically motivated attempt or misuse of the international co-operation for the promotion of democracy, including the marginalization or exclusion of member States of NAM from the full participation and equal opportunities of membership in the intergovernmental bodies of the UN system.
Financial Situation of the United Nations
The Ministers agreed that the financial situation of the Organisation continues to be a cause for concern, as a result of the failure on the part of some Member States, especially the major contributor, to meet their assessed contributions in full, on time and without conditions, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the relevant General Assembly resolutions. They therefore urged all countries in arrears, in particular the major contributor, to settle their outstanding dues without further delay and to pay their
future assessments in full, on time and without imposing preconditions.
expressed their concern over the continuing practice of cross borrowing from the Peacekeeping Budget to the Regular Budget of the United Nations, and the delay in reimbursement of troop and equipment contributing countries, and affirmed the principle of capacity to pay as a fundamental criterion in the apportionment of the expenses of the Organisation. They recognised the special situation faced by some developing countries that hamper their ability to pay their assessed contributions.
The Ministers stressed the importance to provide the Organization with the level of resources needed to fully implement all mandated programmes and activities, in accordance with the provision of General Assembly Resolution 41/213 of 19 December 1986 and subsequent relevant resolutions, in particular GA resolution 42/211. In this context, they expressed concern over the negative impact in the implementation of mandated programmes and activities and in the quality of services provided to Member States of the cutback measures approved by the General Assembly. They reiterated the importance of priority setting at the United Nations. They also expressed their full support to the eight priorities areas proposed by the Secretary General in his strategic framework for the period 2006/2007, which are the same approved for the period 2002/2005.
The Ministers reaffirmed the general principles underlying the financing of United Nations peacekeeping operations as set out in the relevant General Assembly resolutions. They reiterated the view that a proper balance should be struck between the level and urgency with which peacekeeping activities are funded on the one hand, and availability of resources needed for full implementation of all mandated programmes and activities by the General Assembly, in particular in the economic and social spheres on the other.
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
The Ministers reaffirmed the guiding principles regarding peacekeeping operations adopted at the XI Ministerial Conference held in Cairo in 1994 and reiterated the Movement’s position on peacekeeping operations adopted by the XII Summit held in Durban in 1998, and further reiterated at the XIII Summit held in Kuala Lumpur in 2003.
The Ministers recognised the surge in UN peacekeeping operations currently underway