|ANNUAL PARLIAMENTARY HEARING AT THE UNITED NATIONS
New York (United Nations Headquarters), 27 October 2003
|Organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union|
The Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations was held on 27 October at the UN Headquarters in New York, with the participation of over 120 legislators from 42 national parliaments and two regional parliamentary organizations. The meeting was also attended by senior UN officials, members of the diplomatic community in New York, as well as by representatives of other international organizations.
The Parliamentary Hearing was inaugurated by Senator Sergio Páez, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Mr. Julian Robert Hunte, President of the 58th Session of the UN General Assembly.
The programme provided for an open and inter-active discussion on the main issues of the international agenda, which include reforming the UN system as a precondition for greater world security, progress and setbacks in the global fight against terrorism, assessing the danger of unresolved crises (with a particular focus on the situation in Iraq and in the Middle East), as well as financing for development (follow-up to the Monterrey World Conference, the role of the Bretton Woods institutions in the international financial architecture, breaking the world trade deadlock after Cancun and unleashing its potential for development financing).
The programme of the Hearing is reproduced below. Texts of some speeches can be downloaded from this page.
|SPEECHES AND DOCUMENTS|
|Summary record of the Hearing (PDF)|
|Speech by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations|
|Speech by Mr. Julian Robert Hunte, President of the 58th Session of the UN General Assembly|
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|Enhanced Partnership between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (New York/Geneva, 31 October 2003)|
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|10 a.m.||Welcome messages from the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, and the President of the IPU, Senator Sergio Páez|
|10.15 a.m.||MAJOR POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WORLD
Reforming the UN as a precondition to greater world security
|1 p.m.||Lunch break|
|3 p.m.||FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT
The UN follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, 2002)
|6 p.m.||Official Reception: West Terrace (4th floor)|
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