made available to the United Nations for multilateral development co-operation as well as the impasse in the appropriation of new resources for the development account. They considered that the success of the reform of the United Nations can only be judged in terms of the improvements in its functioning and due consideration of the interests of the developing countries. They recognised the need for further reform of the United Nations to make it a more effective instrument for pursuing the purposes and principles as enshrined in its Charter, especially the promotion of economic development and the maintenance of international peace and security notably the principles of peaceful settlement of disputes and the non-use of force in international relations as reaffirmed by United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/40/70 on 11 December 1985. In this regard, they noted the relevant United Nations General Assembly resolutions on the strengthening, restructuring, reform and revitalising the United Nations.
The Ministers, while noting the preparatory process for the 2005 High-level Event “Comprehensive Review of Millennium Declaration” which would review the progress made in the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and the outcomes of the all major UN Conferences and Summits in the economic and social fields stressed that the agenda of the event should clearly focus on development issues; the outcome should be inter-governmentally negotiated through an inclusive, open-ended and transparent preparatory process.
The Ministers stressed the strengthening of the role of the UN in promoting international co-operation for development and in implementing the Development Goals. They proposed that the resources released as a result of the implementation of new reformed measures as approved by the General Assembly should be devoted to activities and programmes related to international co-operation for development. The Ministers welcomed efforts to strengthen the contribution of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to the work of the United Nations and its bodies through the consultative arrangements of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). They emphasised that the contribution of the private sector, NGOs and Civil Society in the realisation of the United Nations’ goals and programmes should be in accordance with the appropriate United Nations General Assembly resolutions and should serve the purposes and principles laid out in the United Nations Charter. They emphasised that this contribution should also seek to address the obstacles that developing countries face in mobilising the resources needed to finance their sustainable development.
The Ministers, while noting the interdependence between peace and development, underlined that the United Nations Reforms must accord equal emphasis to enhancing the
The Ministers reaffirmed the central role of the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace and security and the promotion of international co-operation as contained in the NAM sponsored resolution A/RES/58/317 which was adopted by the General Assembly on 5 August 2004.
The Ministers noted the ongoing work of the High-Level Panel set up by the UN Secretary-General on Threats, Challenges and Change. They emphasized the need for
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