India and US boost UN Democracy Fund

The newly-established United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) got a boost today from two of the world's largest democracies when United States President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh co-sponsored a fund-raising event on the margins of the World Summit.

Heads of State sign convention on nuclear terrorism

Responding to the invitation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to sign, ratify or accede to a range of treaties at the World Summit, heads of State began taking action today on the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, which first opened for signature this morning.

African leaders addressing UN Summit urge greater representation on Security Council

African leaders addressing the United Nations Summit meeting in New York today said their continent should have permanent representation on the Security Council, whose agenda is dominated by conflicts there.

Value of collective security through multilateralism stressed at UN Summit

In today's globalized and interlinked world, multilateralism is more essential than ever to meet the challenges posed by poverty, terrorism and human rights abuses, world leaders addressing the United Nations Summit meeting in New York said today.

UN, regional bodies should join in promoting peace, stability and prosperity – Annan

Addressing the leaders of South-East Asian countries on the eve of the World Summit, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the importance of close cooperation between regional organizations and the United Nations in promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the world.

Annan calls Summit draft good although it does not have everything he wanted

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the final draft of a declaration for the World Summit opening tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York as a good instrument he could work with, although he did not get everything he wanted, but he deplored the omission of non-proliferation and disarmament issues.

Ending its 59th session, UN Assembly approves key draft for World Summit

After intensive, down-to-the-wire negotiations, the United Nations General Assembly today concluded its 59th annual session by approving the text of the draft outcome document that will be considered by some 150 leaders attending the 2005 World Summit that opens tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York.

Sixtieth UN General Assembly opens, ushering in 2005 World Summit

One day ahead of the 2005 World Summit, and marking a major anniversary of the United Nations, the 60th session of the General Assembly opened tonight at the Assembly hall at UN Headquarters in New York.

Annan invites Summit leaders to sign or ratify a raft of international treaties

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has invited heads of State and government attending the 2005 World Summit to take the opportunity to sign, ratify or accede to 32 key treaties ranging from human rights and refugees to terrorism and the Kyoto protocol to curb global warming gases.

With clock ticking down, Annan steps up efforts to secure Summit document

With less than two days left before the United Nations hosts the largest ever gathering of global leaders, and the Summit document still mired in discord, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today intensified his diplomatic efforts, postponing a news conference in a bid to secure a compromise of "give and take" from Member States.