The 2005 World Summit is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the world to come together and take action on grave global threats that require bold global solutions.


2005 World Summit: follow-up to pledges made


This table outlines somes of the commitments made, actions taken and next steps for following up on the ledges made by governments at the 2005 UN World Summit.

2005 World Summit Outcome Document: A Glass Half Full?

Delegates to the UN Summit have been accused of producing a ‘watered-down’ outcome document which merely reiterates existing pledges. It is true that there is cause for disappointment, in particular the failure to make progress on Weapons of Mass Destruction. But the document also contains important steps forward including:

1) agreement on the responsibility to protect populations suffering gross human rights violations;

2) a blueprint for the establishment of a Peacebuilding Commission to prevent relapses into violence following the conclusion of peace agreements; and

3) agreement on equipping the UN with a new Human Rights Council to strengthen its ability to promote and protect human rights around the world.