COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES CONVENING
GROUP’ MINISTERIAL MEETING
New York, September 26th, 2003, at the 58th UN General Assembly
A Ministerial Meeting of the Convening Group of the Community of
Democracies was held in New York, on September 26th, 2003, at the 58th
regular session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Representatives from Chile, the Czech Republic, India, the Republic of
Korea, Mali, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, the United States
and as special guest Italy, Peru and Romania, attended the meeting.
The participants after reviewing the progress in the implementation of
the Seoul Plan of Action and the role of the Community of Democracies
in the UN, agreed to issue the following press release:
The members of the
Convening Group of Community of Democracies reaffirm the commitment of
“The Warsaw Declaration: Toward a Community of Democracies”, adopted
at the First Ministerial Conference of The Community of Democracies,
on June 27, 2000, and the “Seoul Plan of Action- Democracy: Investing
for Peace and Prosperity”, adopted at the Second Ministerial
Conference of The Community of Democracies, on November 12, 2002.
The Convening Group stressed the adherence of the Community of
Democracies to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and fundamental principles of
They also emphasized the interdependence between peace, development,
human rights and democracy and reiterated the Community of
Democracies’ commitment to the continuous development of democracy
domestically and the promotion of democracy regionally and globally.
The members of the
Convening Group recalled the Warsaw Declaration commitment that the
Community of Democracies will collaborate on democracy-related issues
in existing international and regional institutions, forming
coalitions and caucuses to support resolutions and other international
activities aimed at the promotion of democratic governance.
They acknowledged the mandate of the Seoul Ministerial Conference to
the Convening Group, to meet regularly and be available to offer
support and advice to participant states for actions taken within
regional or international organizations. They also stressed the
importance of active implementation of the Seoul Plan of Action by all
countries which attended the Seoul Ministerial meeting of the
Community of Democracies.
In close consultation and cooperation with the Community of
Democracies’ interested participants, the Convening Group encourages
the formation of coalitions and caucuses within the UN and other
multilateral fora to support democracy. The members of the Convening
Group of the Community of Democracies have decided to strengthen a
process of consultation and coordination at the UN in order to
encourage and facilitate the Community of Democracies’ interested
participants’ actions dedicated to promote and defend democracy, and
the human rights and fundamental freedoms protected under democracy.
The Convening Group members will consult and coordinate actions, as
appropriate, at the UN General Assembly, the ECOSOC and the Commission
of Human Rights.
In particular, the
Convening Group decided that they would meet during the 58th UN
General Assembly to consider eventual joint initiatives.