STATEMENT BY THE P-5 ON THE MILLENNIUM SUMMIT 2000-09-07

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Subject: 2000-09-07 Statement by the P-5 on the Millennium Summit
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 10:42 -0400

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                  THE WHITE HOUSE:

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                          (New York, New York)
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For Immediate Release:                                   September 7, 2000

                STATEMENT BY THE P-5
                        ON THE MILLENNIUM SUMMIT:

We, President Jiang Zeming of the People's Republic of China, President
Jacques Chirac of the Republic of France, President Vladimirovich Putin
of the Russian Federation, Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and President William
Jefferson Clinton of the United States of America have met in New York
on 7 September 2000 and hereby state the following:
:
Mindful of the special responsibilities of the Permanent Members of the
Security Council in regard to the maintenance of international peace and
security, we share a solemn commitment to ensuring that the UN is
stronger, more effective and more efficient than ever before as it
enters the 21st Century.
:
The challenges facing the UN and the world community are daunting.  To
meet such challenges, the world community's response must be quicker,
more targeted, and better coordinated than ever before.  As the world's
only truly universal organization -- in terms both of its mandate and
its membership -- the UN has an essential role in the 21st Century.
:
The UN can only be as effective, as creative and as authoritative as its
members will it to be.  Moving into the next century, the Permanent
Members of the Security Council pledge, together with the entire
membership, to strengthen the UN, ensure the authority of the Security
Council and uphold the Purposes and Principles of the Charter.  Bearing
primary responsibility under the Charter for the maintenance of
international peace and security, the Security Council, in particular
its Permanent Members, has an abiding interest in ensuring that the UN
is equipped to meet the challenges it faces.  We therefore commit
ourselves to strengthen the operational capabilities of the Security
Council in this area.  Only by strengthening our dedication to the
Purposes and Principles of the UN Charter, and by endowing the UN with
the means to deliver on its many commitments, can we fulfill our
obligations to ensure that the UN can achieve its full potential.
:
To this end, we will focus our efforts on the following priority areas:
Enhancing Leadership for Peace and Security - The UN's leadership role,
particularly in maintaining international peace and security, must be
strengthened to reflect the organization's changing challenges and
priorities.  This evolution must take into account both the shifting
face of the world community and the types of conflicts the UN must
confront today.  We commit ourselves to foster a more transparent and
broadly representative UN Security Council to enhance its effectiveness
as the leading body in the field of international peace and security.
:
Strengthening Peacekeeping - The nature and number of international
conflicts demanding UN involvement has shifted fundamentally over the
past decade, a change that has yet to be reflected in structural reforms
to equip the UN to fulfill the array of mandates it now faces.  We
pledge to move expeditiously to endow the UN with resources -- both
operational and financial -- commensurate to the tasks it faces in its
peacekeeping activities worldwide.  Enhancing the United Nations
peacekeeping capacity should strengthen the UN's central role in
conflict prevention and settlement.  We look to the recommendations of
the Secretary General's Expert Panel on Peace Operations as an important
element to be considered in order to ensure the UN's effectiveness in
this vital arena.
:
Revitalizing Management -- The breadth, scope, and complexity of the
UN's activities demand effective leadership.  We pledge to support steps
to empower the Secretary General with a mandate to modernize and
streamline the Secretariat further, to evaluate the effectiveness and
efficiency of programs, and to focus the organization's resources on
priority areas, while bringing closure to activities that no longer
warrant continued investment.
:
Replenishing Human Resources - The UN's most valuable resource is its
people.  The skill, vision, and dedication of the UN Secretariat staff
have made possible all that the UN has accomplished to date, and will
determine the organization's future.  We pledge to support prompt steps
to ensure that the UN's base of human capital, particularly in the field
of peacekeeping, can be fortified through a process that is transparent,
equitable, and designed to attract the very best talent available from
all corners of the world.
:
Reaffirming Financial Commitment - As enshrined in the Charter, the UN's
financial base must accurately reflect the capabilities and
responsibilities of every Member State.  We pledge to support measures
to broaden the resource base for this institution through financial
structures that are equitable, transparent and reflective of current
realities for the regular budget and the peacekeeping budget, and the
financing of UN activities.  We recognize the need to adjust the
existing peacekeeping scale of assessments, which is based on the 1973
system, in light of changed circumstances, including countries' current
capacity to pay.
:
Taking into account our special responsibilities as Permanent Members of
the Security Council and the duty of all Member States to meet their
financial obligations to the UN, we commit to creating a more stable and
equitable financial foundation for current and future UN operations,
including through adjustments to the peacekeeping scale of assessment to
reflect the role of all Member States, and especially the role of all
Permanent Members in peacekeeping financing.
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In each of these areas we pledge to work together in coming months and
years to ensure that the UN is imbued with the resources, the vision,
and the support it needs.  As Permanent Members of the Security Council,
we will continue to fulfill our obligations under the Charter and commit
to making UN organization stronger and more effective.  To that end, we
agree to have more regular exchanges of views on important international
issues at all levels.
:
We express our appreciation and support for the UN Secretary General for
the role he plays in the service of peace, development and strengthening
the United Nations.
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As we move into the next century, we pledge to work with the entire UN
membership to bridge differences and agree on new measures to build on
the promise of the UN's first 55 years.
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