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Secretary-General holds talks with a wide range of world leaders during Summit

Taking advantage of the record attendance of Heads of State and Government at the 2005 World Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with many of them individually and in groups on a wide range of topics today.

UN calls on World Trade Organization to deliver on development promises

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to deliver on the promises they have made to place the needs and interests of the developing countries at the heart of their negotiations and deliver an equitable and fair deal.

World must act to alleviate crippling debt and rampant poverty, leaders tell UN Summit

National leaders from countries both rich and poor today called for action to address crippling external debt and the blight of poverty, as the United Nations continued its 2005 Summit in New York.

National leaders at UN Summit call for stepped-up action to fight climate change

Leaders of a number of countries addressing the United Nations Summit in New York today called for action against global warming, urging all concerned to ratify international treaties designed to stem the problem.

Reforms slated for adoption by UN Summit welcome but not sufficient, leaders say

National leaders addressing the United Nations Summit in New York today praised the reform plan slated to for adoption by the gathering for its success on key fronts, notably peacebuilding, but said more action is needed in the area of disarmament.

Annan opens World Summit with plea not to let down billions around the globe

The 2005 World Summit, the largest gathering ever of international leaders, opened at United Nations Headquarters in New York today with a warning from Secretary-General Kofi Annan that “millions of lives and the hopes of billions” rest on fulfilling the pledges contained in the meeting’s outcome document.

As World Summit opens, UN agencies call for attention to their areas of expertise

As a record number of world leaders convene at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 2005 World Summit today, the UN’s specialized agencies are making sure that their concerns enter into the discussions on reaching development goals and reforming the Organization that will dominate the session.

President Bush tells World Summit US will join others to lead UN reform effort

United States President George Bush urged world leaders gathered for the 2005 Summit at the United Nations to strengthen the world body so that it can live up to the ideals on which it was founded – a call that was echoed by the leaders of Sweden and Gabon who are jointly chairing the event.

Security Council meeting at Summit level unanimously adopts anti-terror steps

The Security Council, meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government, today unanimously adopted resolutions calling on all States to reinforce the battle against terrorism and to strengthen the Council's role in preventing conflict, particularly in Africa.

World Summit devotes special session to financing for development

In a special session devoted to financing for development, World Summit leaders today emphasized the urgent need to go beyond words to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that address deprivation and a range of other ills.