Draft Outcome Document
13 September 2005
I. Values and principles
1. We, Heads of State and Government, have gathered at United Nations
Headquarters in New York from 14 to 16 September 2005.
2. We reaffirm our faith in the United Nations and our commitment to the
purposes and principles of the Charter and international law, which are
indispensable foundations of a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world, and
reiterate our determination to foster their strict respect.
3. We reaffirm the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which we adopted
at the dawn of the twenty-first century. We recognise the valuable role of the
major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related
fields, including the Millennium Summit, in mobilizing the international
community at the local, national, regional and global levels and in guiding the
work of the United Nations.
4. We reaffirm that our common fundamental values, including freedom,
equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for all human rights, respect for
nature and shared responsibility, are essential to international relations.
5. We are determined to establish a just and lasting peace all over the
world in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter. We
rededicate ourselves to support all efforts to uphold the sovereign equality of
all States, respect for their territorial integrity and political independence,
refrain in our international relations from the threat or use of force in any
manner inconsistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations,
resolution of disputes by peaceful means and in conformity with the principles
of justice and international law, the right to self-determination of peoples
which remain under colonial domination and foreign occupation, non-interference
in the internal affairs of States, respect for human rights and fundamental
freedoms, respect for the equal rights of all without distinction as to race,
sex, language or religion and international cooperation in solving international
problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character, and
fulfilment in good faith of the obligations assumed in accordance with the
6. We reaffirm the vital importance of an effective multilateral system,
in accordance with international law, in order to better address the
multifaceted and interconnected challenges and threats confronting our world and
to achieve progress in the areas of peace and security, development, and human
rights, underlining the central role of the United Nations, and commit ourselves
to promoting and strengthening the effectiveness of the Organization through the
implementation of its decisions and resolutions.
7. We believe that today, more than ever before, we live in a global and
interdependent world. No State can stand wholly alone. We acknowledge that
collective security depends on effective cooperation, in accordance with
international law, against transnational threats.
8. We recognise that current developments and circumstances require that
we urgently build consensus on major threats and challenges. We commit ourselves
to translating that consensus into concrete action, including addressing the
root causes of those threats and challenges with resolve and determination.
9. We acknowledge that peace and security, development and human rights
are the pillars of the United Nations system and the foundations for collective
security and well-being. We recognise that development, peace and security and
human rights are interlinked and mutually reinforcing.
10. We reaffirm that development is a central goal by itself and that
sustainable development in its economic, social, and environmental aspects
constitutes a key element of the overarching framework of United Nations
11. We acknowledge that good governance and the rule of law at the
national and international levels are essential for sustained economic growth,
sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and hunger.
12. We reaffirm that gender equality and the promotion and protection of
the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all are
essential to advance development, peace and security. We are committed to
creating a world fit for future generations, which takes into account the best
interests of the child.
13. We reaffirm the universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and
interrelatedness of all human rights.
14. Acknowledging the diversity of the world, we recognise that all
cultures and civilizations contribute to the enrichment of humankind. We
acknowledge the importance of respect and understanding for religious and
cultural diversity throughout the world. In order to promote international peace
and security, we commit ourselves to advancing human welfare, freedom and
progress everywhere, as well as to encouraging tolerance, respect, dialogue and
cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.
15. We pledge to enhance the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency,
accountability and credibility of the UN system. This is our shared
responsibility and interest.
16. We therefore resolve to create a more peaceful, prosperous, and
democratic world, and to undertake concrete measures to continue finding ways to
implement the outcome of the Millennium Summit and the other major United
Nations conferences and summits so as to provide multilateral solutions to the
problems in four following areas:
∑ Peace and collective security
∑ Human rights and the rule of law
∑ Strengthening of the United Nations
92. Recognizing that United Nations peacekeeping plays a vital role in
helping parties to conflict end hostilities and commending the contribution of
United Nations peacekeepers in that regard, noting improvements made in recent
years in United Nations peacekeeping, including the deployment of integrated
missions in complex situations, and stressing the need to mount operations with
adequate capacity to counter hostilities and fulfil effectively their mandates,
we urge further development of proposals for enhanced rapidly deployable
capacities to reinforce peacekeeping operations in crises. We endorse the
creation of an initial operating capability for a standing Police Capacity to
provide coherent, effective and responsive start-up capability for the policing
component of the UN peacekeeping missions and to assist existing missions
through the provision of advice and expertise.
93. Recognizing the important contribution to peace and security by
regional organizations as provided for under Chapter VIII of the UN Charter and
the importance of forging predictable partnerships and arrangements between the
United Nations and regional organizations, and noting in particular, given the
special needs of Africa, the importance of a strong African Union, we:
∑ Support the efforts of the European Union and other
regional entities to develop capacities such as for rapid deployment, standby and bridging arrangements;
∑ Support the development and implementation of a 10-year
plan for capacity building with the African Union.
94. We support implementation of the 2001 UN Programme of Action to
Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons
in All its Aspects.
95. We also urge States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
and Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to
fully implement their respective obligations. We call upon States in a position
to do so to provide greater technical assistance to mine-affected States.
96. We underscore the importance of the recommendations of the
Secretary-Generalís Advisor on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN
Peacekeeping Personnel, and urge that those measures adopted in the relevant
General Assembly resolutions based upon the recommendations mentioned above be
fully implemented without delay.
97. Emphasizing the need for a coordinated, coherent and integrated
approach to post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation, with a view to
achieving sustainable peace; and recognizing the need for a dedicated
institutional mechanism to address the special need of countries emerging from
conflict towards recovery, reintegration and reconstruction and to assist them
in laying the foundation for sustainable development; and recognizing the vital
role of the United Nations in that regard, we decide to establish a
Peacebuilding Commission as an intergovernmental advisory body.
98. The main purpose of the Peacebuilding Commission is to bring together
all relevant actors to
marshal resources and to advise on and propose integrated strategies for
post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery. The Peacebuilding Commission should
focus attention on the reconstruction and institution-building efforts necessary
for recovery from conflict and support the development of integrated strategies
in order to lay the foundation for sustainable development. In addition, it
should provide recommendations and information to improve the coordination of
all relevant actors within and outside the United Nations, develop best
practices, help to ensure predictable financing for early recovery activities
and extend the period of attention by the international community to
post-conflict recovery. The Peacebuilding Commission should act in all matters
on the basis of consensus of its members.
99. The Peacebuilding Commission should make the outcome of its
discussions and its recommendations publicly available as UN documents to all
relevant bodies and actors, including the international financial institutions.
The Peacebuilding Commission should submit an annual report to the General
100. The Peacebuilding Commission should meet in various configurations.
Country-specific meetings of the Commission, upon invitation of the
Organizational Committee referred to in paragraph  should include as
members, in addition to members of the Organizational Committee, representatives
a) the country under consideration.
b) countries in the region engaged in the post-conflict process, and other countries that are involved in relief efforts and/or political dialogue, as well as relevant regional and subregional organisations;
c) the major financial, troop and civilian police contributors involved in the recovery effort;
d) the senior United Nations representative in the field and other relevant United Nations representatives;
e) such regional and international financial institutions as may be relevant.
101. The Peacebuilding Commission should have a standing Organizational
Committee, responsible for developing its procedures and organizational matters,
a) members of the Security Council, including permanent members.
b) members of the Economic and Social Council, elected from regional groups, giving due consideration to those countries that have experienced post-conflict recovery.
c) top providers of assessed contributions to the United Nations budgets and voluntary contributions to the United Nations funds, programmes and agencies, including the Standing Fund for Peacebuilding not among those selected in (a) or (b).
d) top providers of military personnel and civilian police to United Nations missions, not among those selected in (a), (b) or (c) to be selected.
102. Representatives from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund
and other institutional donors should be invited to participate in all meetings
of the Peacebuilding Commission in a manner suitable to their governing
arrangements, in addition to a representative of the Secretary-General.
103. We request the Secretary-General to establish a multi-year standing
Peacebuilding Fund for post-conflict peacebuilding, funded by voluntary
contributions and taking due account of existing instruments. The objectives of
the Peacebuilding Fund will include ensuring the immediate release of resources
needed to launch peacebuilding activities and the availability of appropriate
financing for recovery.
104. We request the Secretary-General to establish, within the
Secretariat and from within existing resources, a small peacebuilding support
office staffed by qualified experts to assist and support the Peacebuilding
Commission. The office should draw on the best expertise available.
105. The Peacebuilding Commission should begin its work no later than 31