Supplement No. 36 (A/59/36)
Secretary-General Says Two-Way Dialogue between UN, Civil Society Needed, Not So One Directs the Other, But to Ensure Complementary Efforts
4993rd Meeting (AM & PM)
Calling for a two-way dialogue between the United Nations and civil society, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council today that the purpose was not so that one could direct the other, but to ensure that their respective efforts complemented each other.
In a year dominated by the war in Iraq, the Security Council also addressed a broad range of other threats to peace and security around the globe, including in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and others.
The Council convened 181 formal meetings, including 48 on situations in Africa, adopted 67 resolutions and issued 30 presidential statements. The veto was used twice, both times by the United States on draft resolutions regarding the situation in the Middle East.