MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES
York, September 22, 2004
59th session of the United Nations General Assembly
September 22, 2004, in New York, at the invitation of Ms.
María Soledad Alvear Valenzuela, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Chile and Chair of the Convening Group of the Community
of Democracies, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community
of Democracies held a Ministerial Meeting, coinciding with
the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Ministers received a report on the progress made in the implementation
of the “Seoul Plan of Action” of the Community
of Democracies, on the activities developed by the Community
of Democracies in the United Nations, and on the preparations
for the Third Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies.
Ministers reviewed the Community of Democracies’ activities
from March 2003 until the present. They considered, among
other activities, regional conferences to promote democracy,
including the Bucharest meeting of November 2003; cross-regional
meetings, including the America-Africa Dialogue on Democracy,
of June 2003; and on the missions of participants of the Community
of Democracy to support and assist new democracies, including
the Mission to Timor Leste of May 2004. Also they were informed
of the global activities of the Non-governmental Process for
the Community of Democracies.
Ministers received information regarding the Ministerial Meeting
of the Convening Group on occasion of the 58th session of
the United Nations General Assembly in September 2003, and
on the results reached at the 60th session of the U.N. Commission
on Human Rights in Geneva in 2004, with the approval of three
resolutions as a result of cooperation of the members of the
Community of Democracies. The Chair reaffirmed the commitment
to continue promoting the work of the democratic caucus in
the United Nations and other multilateral forums.
Ministers were also informed by the Chair of the preparations
for the Third Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies,
to be held May 4-6, 2005, in Santiago, Chile. The Conference
will aim to review the activities being pushed forward by
the Seoul Plan of Action, to strengthen regional and cross-regional
cooperation for democracy and to send a strong message about
the value of democracy in the current world. In this context,
they reiterate the Community’s commitment of support
to practices of democracy, to the strengthening of democratic
institutions and processes and to those who fight for democracy.