Millennium Development Summit of the United Nations

6 September 2000 - 8 September 2000

New York, United States

"Only through broad and sustained efforts to create a shared future, based upon our common humanity in all its diversity, can globalization be made fully inclusive and equitable", world leaders stated as they unanimously adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration at the conclusion of their Millennium Summit on 8 September 2000.

The three-day summit held on 6-8 September at New York was the largest gathering of world leaders up to that point. The Declaration was the main document of the Summit and it contained a statement of values, principles and objectives for the international agenda for the twenty-first century.  World leaders committed their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty, which were formulated in the Millennium Development Goals, a series of time-bound targets with an endpoint of 2015. 

The Declaration reaffirmed Member States' faith in the United Nations and its Charter as indispensable for a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. The collective responsibility of the governments of the world to uphold human dignity, equality and equity is recognized, as is the duty of world leaders to all people, and especially children and the most vulnerable. 

The leaders declared that the central challenge of today was to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all, acknowledging that at present both its benefits and its costs are unequally shared. The Declaration called for global policies and measures, corresponding to the needs of developing countries and economies in transition.

The Summit Declaration cited freedom, equality (of individuals and nations), solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility as six values fundamental to international relations for the twenty-first century.  -- Source: UN Website


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