About the book
For the first 45 years, the United Nations lived in the grip of the Cold War and was prevented from fulfilling some of its core missions. Now, the Millennium Summit offers the world's leaders an unparalleled chance to reshape the United Nations enabling it to make a real and measurable difference in the lives of the world's people. This book, written by Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, highlights the aims and purposes of the Summit to be convened on 5th September 2000. In it he lists six shared values, reflecting the spirit of the Charter, which are of particular relevance to the new century: Freedom; Equity and Solidarity; Tolerance; Non-Violence; Respect for Nature; and Shared Responsibility. He urges the Millennium Summit to adopt a series of resolutions, drawn from the body of the Report, as an earnest commitment of its will to act on those values.