06 November, 2005
Joint Statement of the UEF Federal Committee and WFM Council on the UN summit

The Federal Committee of the UEF and the WFM Council, meeting on 5-6 November 2005 in Brussels,

- Having regard to the disappointing conclusions of the World Summit relating to essential security and peace matters which took place in New York on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations,

A. Considering that:

- the UN Summit should have launched a profound reform of the United Nations,

- the current disproportionate balance of power among world states, which is based on sovereign national states, represents the major obstacle to substantial democratic reform of the UN;

B. Regret that crucial issues of disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation, poverty, human rights and the protection of the environment were neglected or eliminated;

C. Take note that the final document of the Summit:

a) does not even mention disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation

b) makes various declarations of principle and reaffirms the objectives of the Millennium Declaration, but does not commit itself on the means necessary to secure peace and international justice,

c) condemns terrorism but without agreeing on any common definition,

d) postpones the reform of the Security Council sine die and doesn’t make any proposals for democratising the structures of the UN;

D. Believe that the European Union, because it represents the most advanced experience of regional unification in the world, should pave the way towards a multi-polar world order able to strengthen the UN in its role of guaranteeing international law and promoting peaceful solutions to international conflicts;

E. Regret however that the European Union is not capable of contributing effectively to this goal as long as the political leaders of its member states remain reluctant to reach a common position on foreign security policy and to transfer these competences to the European level;

F. Deplore that the campaign by Germany to enter the Security Council, supported by France and the United Kingdom, considerably weakened the credibility of the EU as a regional and world political actor;

G. Appreciate the effect of the political decision made by African Union states that resulted in the failure of the G-4 (Germany, Japan, Brazil, India) undemocratic reform of the Security Council;

H. Call on:

1) the European Union to:

- strengthen its political union through a genuine Federal Constitution and its foreign, security and defence policy in order to speak with one voice and promote peace in the world,

- agree on a single seat in the UN Security Council which would pave the way for the entry of all regional groupings of states, in view of the transformation of this body into a Council of large regions of the world;

2) the states in other continents of the world to face the challenges of democratisation and of globalisation by promoting or further developing their regional integration and by promoting cooperation, solidarity and democracy between their regional groupings within the United Nations.


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