Subject: UN Millennium Summit - Day 1
Date: Wed, 6 September 2000 23:42:19 EDT
Peter Meisen, GENI President
150 World Leaders take on every global issue
The first day of the United Nations Millennium Summit
saw world leaders emerge from limousines that whisked
by the barricades and gridlock of New York City. Several
thousand police and UN security kept demonstrators,
like Falon Gong and human rights activists, from the
hallowed walls of the General Assembly.
This reporter was sequestered into UN Conference
Room #2 where all the 5 minute speeches were projected
and translated for the hundreds of world media. Some
lucky media got into the "pool" were allowed close
access to the Prime Ministers, Presidents and Crown
Princes. Bill Clinton spoke of the unique opportunity
for peace with so many leaders present, and Russian
President Putin spoke against the weaponization of
But guess who received the longest applause
of the day?
After their lunch, a historic photo was taken of
the largest gathering of world leaders ever, and they
continued the day with 100 bilateral meetings between
themselves on every issue imaginable.
The overriding theme is how to manage globalization
and strengthen the United Nations? The issues placed
on the table are familiar to us all: reducing world
hunger, environmental protection, the widening gap
between rich and poor, human rights abuses, climate
change threatening small island nations, debt forgiveness,
weapons reduction of both nuclear and small arms,
HIV/AIDS, the digital divide, education for women
and children, child labor, poverty reduction, UN funding
and peacekeeping operations, population control.
For those of us who saw some kind of new world by
2000, it seems that all the worlds' ills remain for
many of the human family.
What's hopeful is that everyone was talking about
the issues openly, with real sincere appeals for solutions.
The GENI Initiative got a boost at a couple
of press conferences, where we raised the example
of the Nordel Grid System of Scandinavia as a possible
model for the interconnection between Japan, Russia,
China and North South Korea.
Another brief conversation with the Secretary of
the Organization for African Unity forwarded the resolution
made last December by the African Energy Ministers.
Day two promises more - and we'll give you the inside
story from my perspective.
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