November 9-10, New York
Collegium meeting with the attendance of Milan Kucan, Mary Robinson, Stéphane Hessel, Michel Rocard, George Soros, William vanden Heuvel, Henri Atlan, Sacha Goldman, and later, permanent representatives to the UN: Ambassadors of Sweden, Germany, France, Slovenia, U.S.A., Australia, Switzerland, and Brazil. Discussions of the Memorandum on the Role of the United Nations with UN Deputy Secretary General, Louise Frechette, Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor, and other senior officials from the Organization. Distribution of the Memorandum to all Permanent Representatives of the United Nations during the General Assembly.
September 8-9, New York
On the eve of the 58th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Collegium reported its findings on “The Role of the United Nations” to the UN Secretary-General and agreed to reinforce future collaborations.
May 30 – June 1, Geneva
Presentation of the Statement on Interdependence to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and subsequently to the President of France, Jacques Chirac, host of the G8 Summit meeting. Drafting of a Memorandum, The Role of the United Nations. Press conference at the International Swiss Press Club.
May 30, Geneva
Mr. Secretary General,
The serious crisis that the United Nations has to overcome, calls for the urgent need to strengthen the Organization, to allow it to confront the threats of grievous violations of human rights and terrorist activities that are presently taking place within the frontiers of several of its Member States. The Collegium is meeting today at the United Nations in Geneva, and wishes to bring to your attention and to the attention of the world leaders gathered in Evian for the G8 summit, the Statement on Interdependence formally endorsed by Collegium International’s members on 2nd April 2003.
In this Statement, priority is given to Ethics as the final arbiter of political agreements among States; ethical considerations alone, present in the basic values and principles of the cultures who share the management of our planet, can give the necessary authority to the UN Charter to speak, not only in the name of Governments, but also in the name of we the peoples of the united nations.
Michel Rocard, Milan Kucan
April 2, Brussels
Introduction of the Collegium and its members to the Parliament. Release of the Declaration of Interdependence, followed by a round table “For a New Architecture in World Governance”. One hour program on the Collegium broadcasted on French television.