US offers compromise language on UN summit goals
UNITED NATIONS, Wednesday (Reuters) U.S. Ambassador John Bolton on
Tuesday offered compromise language on development and climate change to
try to resolve a deadlock over a document prepared for a U.N. world
summit next week.
In the face of opposition from nearly every U.N. member, Bolton said
the United States was ready to accept the use of the phase "Millennium
development Goals" throughout the text "provided it can be properly
He submitted the amendments to a group of 32 ambassadors negotiating
on how to tackle extreme poverty, human rights, U.N. management reforms
and global security. Kings, prime ministers and presidents are due to
approve the document at the Sept. 14-16 summit, the largest gathering
ever of world leaders.
The U.S. submission came after Jean Ping, the president of the U.N.
General Assembly, circulated a fourth draft of the document following a
week of intense negotiations.
Millennium Development Goals, a key phrase, refers to eight
objectives on poverty, hunger, primary education, AIDS and others, with
specific goals to be achieved by 2015. The goals were generally agreed
to by leaders at a Millennium Summit in 2000.
The new U.S. language would "ensure the timely and full realization
of the development goals and objectives that emerged from the major
United nations conference and summits, including those agreed at the
Millennium Summit that have been known as the Millennium Development
Goals..." Diplomats said the U.S. compromise might help to bring
ambassadors closer on the controversy.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had hoped the summit of 175 world
leaders would map out new approaches to the international system and
revitalize the world body.
Rich nations were to agree on a development agenda in exchange for
support for Western demands on human rights, terrorism, intervention in
case of genocide and war crimes, and U.N. management reforms.
But the issues have brought out deep disagreements on every key
subject, even between the United States and the European Union as well
as within groups of developing nations.
Another sticking point is a provision urging governments to donate
0.7 percent of their gross national product to nonmilitary foreign aid.
The European Union has agreed to a timetable to reach this goal by 2015
while the United States says it cannot commit itself to any specific