The largest gathering of world leaders is about to get underway at the United Nations in New York. The World Summit will bring together 175 heads of state and government for talks on poverty and the so-called Millennium Development Goals.
Reform is on the table, but deep divisions exist over what changes to make to the world body. Nevertheless, Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, is confident changes will be agreed. “Reform of the United Nations is much more than reform of the Security Council, it’s about how we reform human rights, policies and development,” he said. The Summit is not a forum for negotiation but an occasion for world leaders to ratify the Millennium Development Goals agreement. Afterwards the General Assembly will meet for its 60th session to discuss the Summit document.