|ANNUAL PARLIAMENTARY HEARING AT THE UNITED NATIONS
New York (United Nations Headquarters), 19 - 20 October 2004
|Organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union|
The Hearing will take place in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), inside the main UN building (2nd floor) in New-York on 19 and 20 October 2004, beginning at 10 a.m.
The President of the IPU, Senator Sergio Páez, will chair the meeting. The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, is expected to welcome participants at the opening. Panels will feature senior officials of the United Nations as well as experts from prominent think tanks, universities, and the diplomatic corps. A complete list of discussants and rapporteurs will be circulated at a later date.
Departing from past practice, this year’s meeting will last longer - a day and a half – in order to allow for a more in-depth discussion as well as the articulation of a more substantive outcome in the form of summary notes and recommendations to be shared with the relevant decision-making bodies of the United Nations. To sharpen the focus of the discussion, the meeting will cover only one broad subject area entitled "From Disarmament to Lasting Peace: Defining the Parliamentary Role".
As presented in the provisional programme, the meeting will revolve around three inter-related topics: disarmament and arms control, peace-keeping, and post-conflict reconstruction. The speakers for each of these topics will be announced at a later time. They will include high-level United Nations officials and eminent experts from think tanks, academia and the diplomatic corps.
|Summary and main conclusions [PDF]|
|Reminder note [PDF]|
|Information Note [PDF]|
|Registration form [PDF] or [WORD]|
|Background note "Strengthening International Regimes for Arms Control and Disarmament" (prepared by the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs) [PDF]|
|Background note "The Challenges of Peacekeeping in the 21st Century" (prepared by the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations) [PDF]|
|Background note "Strengthening Humanitarian Action in Conflict: Defining the Parliamentary Role" (prepared by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) [PDF]|
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|Updated on 12 October 2004|
|Tuesday, October 19th|
|10 - 10.30 a.m.||Opening session – Introductory remarks by:
|10.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Session I - Strengthening international regimes for arms control and disarmament
|3 - 6 p.m.||Session II - Peace-keeping in the 21st century: needs and objectives
|6 - 8 p.m.||Reception in honor of participants (United Nations Delegates Dining Room, 4th floor)|
|Wednesday, 20 October|
|9.30 a.m. - 12 noon||Session III - An integrated approach to peace-building
|12.15 p.m. - 1 p.m.||Round-up of discussions: conclusions and recommendations.|
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