We, Heads of State and Government, have gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 6 to 8 September 2000, at the dawn of a new Millennium, to reaffirm our faith in the Organization and its Charter as indispensable foundations of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.
AdvertisementWe recognize that, in addition to our separate responsibilities to our individual societies, we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level. As leaders we have a duty, therefore, to all the world's people, especially the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world, to whom the future belongs. . . .
We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone, and to freeing the entire human race from want. . . .
We resolve, therefore, to create an environment -- at the national and global levels alike -- which is conducive to development and to the elimination of poverty. . . .
We resolve further:
- To have, by [the year 2015] halted, and begun to reverse, the spread of HIV/AIDS, the scourge of malaria and other major diseases that afflict humanity.
- To provide special assistance to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. . . .
- To promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, as effective ways to combat poverty, hunger, and disease and to stimulate development that is truly sustainable.
- To encourage the pharmaceutical industry to make essential drugs more widely available and affordable by all who need them in developing countries.
- To develop strong partnerships with the private sector, and with civil society organizations, in pursuit of development and poverty eradication . . .
- To help Africa build up its capacity to tackle the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other infectious diseases.