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FW의 관련소식 - UN의 밀레니엄 NGO포럼(5.22-26,뉴욕)

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5월 22일부터 26일까지 뉴욕 UN본부에서 밀레니엄 NGO포럼이 개최됩니다.
한국 NGO들도 많이 신청해 주시기 바랍니다.

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S.H. Kang
GCS International

To: All non-governmental organizations, humanitarian and community-based
organizations, private voluntary organizations, academic institutions,
religious organizations, unions, parliamentarians, local authorities and
other representatives and groups of global civil society.

From: The Millennium Forum

Date: 6 March 2000

Re: EXTENDED DEADLINE -- Update on the Millennium Forum


PLEASE DISTRIBUTE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE
PLEASE FORWARD TO OTHER INTERESTED GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES FOR CROSS-POSTINGS


Dear Friend(s),


In an effort to accommodate grassroots-level non-governmental organizations
and civil society groups in remote areas of the world who have expressed an
interest in participating in the Millennium Forum, the deadline for
applications to attend the Millennium Forum has been extended to 31 March
2000.

The Millennium Forum is scheduled to be held 22-26 May 2000 at United
Nations headquarters in New York. It strives to solicit the best thinking of
civil society in all its sectors worldwide as they relate to six broad
themes: PEACE, the eradication of POVERY, HUMAN RIGHTS, SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT, GLOBALIZATION, and "STRENGTHENING AND DEMOCRATIZING" THE UNITED
NATIONS. The Forum will also be GENDER BALANCED in its representation.

As of the initial deadline of 1 March 2000, the Forum had received more than
750 applications for participation in the Forum, from organizations and
individuals in more than 90 countries. However, the Forum has also received
many inquiries from remote regions of the world, and the time-delay in
getting information out to and back from civil society organizations in such
regions has necessitated extending the deadline.

To be assured of being considered for participation in the Forum, then,
organizations and individuals should ensure that their printed application
forms are postmarked no later than 31 March 2000 -- or that their on-line,
email or fax applications have been sent to the Forum by the end of the day
on 31 March 2000.

To Register on-line, or to learn more about the Forum, please visit our
website at: http://www.millenniumforum.org

REGISTERING ON-LINE IS THE QUICKEST AND MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO SUBMIT YOUR
APPLICATION.

In other developments, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan gave the Forum a
boost recently during remarks to civil society in New Zealand, when he said
that the "NGO Revolution" has been "the best thing that has happened to our
Organization in a long time." He invited civil society organizations to the
Millennium Forum, calling for a stronger partnership between the UN and
civil society.

"Civil society organizations have already given new life and new meaning to
the idea of an international community," said Secretary General Annan on 23
February 2000. "And you can give us your ideas about the role the United
Nations should play in the twenty-first century.

"I hope you will come to the Millennium Forum in May full of constructive
suggestions on how to approach the world's most pressing problems, and how
to deal with them in a spirit of global solidarity," Mr. Annan concluded. "I
hope you will help us achieve our goal of bringing the United Nations closer
to the people."

The Millennium Forum represents the next step towards strengthening the
influence of global civil society in international affairs, particularly at
the United Nations. It is the next in the series of major global NGO
conferences, following on The Earth Summit, the Social Summit, the Beijing
NGO Forum for Women, the Hague Appeal for Peace, and other great conferences
of the 1990s.

In tackling such a wide range of issues, from peace to human rights to
globalization, and in its attempts to reach a new level of global diversity
and participation, the Forum is unique for a United Nations-related civil
society conference.

We continue to seek your participation in this process, which we believe
will result in more effective efforts by NGOs and civil society
organizations in global decision-making and the implementation of action
plans, especially at the United Nations and in other international
organizations.

In particular, we hope that you will take one or more of the following
actions:

-- Log-on to our Website at http://www.millenniumforum.org and read through
the various draft papers on the themes that interest your organization and
send comments on those drafts to the thematic convenors, which are listed on
the website. YOUR INPUT INTO THESE PAPERS IS VITAL IF WE ARE TRULY TO
REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF CIVIL SOCIETY WORLDWIDE.

-- Log-on to our Website at http://www.millenniumforum.org and register for
participation in the Forum's main meeting in May via our on-line
registration form (which can be found under the "How to get involved"
section). (Please note: we do hope to have some travel funds available in
the near future for organizations from the Global South.)

-- Send this message to other NGOs and civil society organizations in your
network and/or to the appropriate person within your own organization. WE
WANT, PARTICULARLY, TO WIDEN THE NETWORK. SO PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO OTHER
PEOPLE YOU ARE WORKING WITH ON LOCAL-TO-GLOBAL ISSUES.

-- Print out this message and share it with others at various NGO/Civil
Society organization meetings such as you may be attending or organizing in
the next few weeks. We do understand that many organizations in the Global
South do not have email, so we are counting on those that do to spread this
message.

-- Publish news about the Forum in your organization's newsletter, magazine
or website. We have on our website a range of press releases and publishable
background materials that are available for downloading and publication.
Visit http://www.millenniumforum.org for more information.

Up to 1,400 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and
other groups of civil society will be able to gather at the United Nations
in May to discuss these topics through an innovative program of "interactive
plenaries" focusing on the main themes of the Forum. Plans are also being
made to allow representatives of civil society worldwide to participate
through various on-line and satellite meetings.

Among the main expected outcomes of the Forum will be an extended document
on the topics of peace, poverty, human rights, environment, globalization
and "strengthening and democratizing the United Nations and other
International Organizations," all under the main theme of "the United
Nations for the Twenty-First Century." This document will be presented to
the world leaders who gather at the Millennium Summit in September.

As explained in previous emails, you been sent this announcement because of
your participation in the Hague Appeal for Peace process. If you wish to
unsubscribe from this list, please rely with the words "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the
subject line.

Please understand, however, we are seeking to reach as many NGOs and civil
society organizations as possible around the world and you may end up on our
list again, especially if you subscribe to any of the various list servs on
the Forum's main topics.

If you have any questions, please contact us by at our main email address:
mngof@bic.org.


The Millennium Forum
mngof@bic.org
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120
New York, NY 10017, USA
Phone: USA 212-803-2522
Fax: USA 212-803-2561