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on Thursday, 17 January 2002

Were present:

Mr. Saad Maadi, Counsellor, representing H.E. Mr. Abdallah Baali, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations.

Ms. Séraphine Toe, Counsellor, representing the Government of Burkina Faso to the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders" and H.E. Mr. Michel Kafando, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations.

  H.E. M. Marc Nteturuye, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations, representing the Government of Burundi to the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders".

Mr. Luc Joseph Okio, Minister Counsellor, representing H.E. Mr. Basile Ikouebe, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to the United Nations.

H.E. Mr. Sotos Zackheos, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, representing the Government of Cyprus to the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders".

Mrs. Léa Raholinirina, First Counsellor, representing the Government of Madagascar to the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders " and H.E. Mr. Jean Delacroix Bakoniarivo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Madagascar to the United Nations.

H.E. Mr. Ousmane Moutari, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations, representing the Government of Niger to the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders ".

Mr. Fernando Freire, Counsellor, representing H.E. Mr. Francisco Seixas da Costa, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, in the absence of Prof. José Manuel Pureza, delegated by the Portugese Commission for UNESCO to the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders".

H.E Dr. Anastase Gasana, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations, representing the Government of Rwanda to the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders "

Dr. Hope P White David, President of the World Association of Former United Nations Internes and Fellows (WAFUNIF).

Mr. André Ferrara, Vice President of Ancient Combatants of French Federation- New York .

Mrs. Lena Shina, Programme Adviser, representing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Mr. Bruce Boeglin, Counsellor the Cercle de Réflexion.

Mr. Patrick Brémaud, Vice President of the Organizational Council of the Cercle de Réflexion.

Mr. François Gaucher, Vice President of the Organizational Council of the Cercle de Réflexion.

Mr. Jean-Luc Pérez, President of the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders" of the Cercle de Réflexion.

The Permanent Representatives of Ethiopia, Mongolia and Uganda as well as the Under -Secretary- General for Peace-keeping Operations of the United Nations regretfully could not attend the meeting owing to their previous commitments.

·    1 Words of welcome ( agenda item 1)

Mr. Pérez opened the meeting at 11:00 am

·    1.1 In his welcoming address, Mr. Pérez noted that the training for " Doctorate of Peace Administration" was the first action of the United Nations Cercle de Réflexion and that it came at an historic time when the world was deeply concerned with international terrorism and also when the United Nations had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

·    1.2 Mr. Pérez moved that the Representative of Burkina Faso, Ms. Séraphine Toe, be elected Chairperson of the Committee. Ms. Toe was elected by acclamation.

Mr. Gaucher was appointed Secretary for the meeting.

·    1.3. Upon motion by the Chair, the agenda was adopted unanimously.

·    2 Review of the decisions made at the first meeting of the Selection Committee for "Leaders without Borders" held in 1998 ( agenda item 2)

·    2.1. Mr. Pérez recalled that the Committee had decided at its first meeting to reject any restrictive criteria in the selection of candidates for " Leaders without Borders " and that all candidates would be required to undertake to follow a Code of Conduct, as was expected of the United Nations Staff.

·    2.2. The UNDP Representative asked for clarification on the way candidates were recruited. In his answer, Mr. Pérez stated that requests were sent through diplomatic channels, viz: the permanent missions, which in turn contacted their Governments.

·    3. Originality of the Training for Peace of "Leaders without Borders" and their role in the Corps of UNCR volunteers for peace (agenda item 3)


·    3.1. Mr. Pérez indicated that the training for Peace was based on the United Nations philosophy of non-violence, tolerance and mutual respect of people. The Representative of Madagascar pointed out that the purposes of the United Nations Charter coincided with the purposes of " Doctorate of Peace Administration".

·    3.2. With regard to the training programme, the Representative of Niger noted that the " electicism of the subjects taught ". Following a discussion with the Representatives of Cyprus and Portugal, a new module, entitled " Dialogue among Civilizations " was added to the curriculum. Futher study of the programme was deferred to the next meeting of the Committee, at the request of the Representative of Algeria.

The Representative of Rwanda stressed the " importance of training skilled negotiators to be sent to conflict zones ".

·    3.3. Mr. Brémaud stressed the cost-free nature of the training that will be conducted via the Internet, doing away with all borders between countries. The Representative of Burundi approves of this method that will " allow candidates in less fortunate parts of the world to have access to training by means of modern methods, without leaving their home countries."

·    3.4. Mr. Brémaud noted that the training provided for gathering the candidates in residential seminars, at highly significant locations from the standpoint of peace. The participants unanimously approved the idea of organizing the first gathering at the United Nations on or about 21 September which has been declared " Peace Day". The Chair thought it was important that the candidates should then have the opportunity of interacting with United Nations units and meet " representatives of countries affected by conflicts ". Her proposal to form a working group to prepare the September seminar was adopted.

·    3 The Representative of Niger stated that his country would be prepared to host the second residential seminar.

·    3.5. The question of the " Corps of UNCR Volunteers for Peace" was deferred to the next Committee meeting.

·    4. The diploma of Doctorate of Peace Administration and the role of the Chamber of Equivalence of the diploma (agenda item 4)

·    4.1. The Representative of Cyprus asked for clarification on the value of the diploma of Doctorate of Peace Administration. In his answer, Mr. Brémaud stated that consideration was being given to obtaining a triple recognition for the diploma with UNESCO, the Governments of Member States and Observer States and with relevant Universities. He added that the UNCR Chamber of Equivalence would be in charge of recognition accreditation of the diploma.

The Committee felt that such a diploma, developed as it was within the United Nations, could be the starting point of a method for diploma recognition at the international level.

·    4.2. The Representative of Portugal emphasized the need to select candidates of a very high level to facilitate recognition the diploma". The Representative of Rwanda added that " value of the diploma will also be derived from the content of the training programme and of the doctoral theses helping to promote peace".

·    5. Development of the Code of Conduct as it applies to the selected candidates (agenda item 5)

·    5.1 The Chair read out the articled of the draft Code of Conduct.

  Article 1 was amended as proposed by the Representative of Algeria, replacing the word " Ideals " with the word " objective".

·    5.2 A discussion ensued concerning the need to maintain certain ideas in the text. The Representative of Algeria felt that the expression " artificial intellectual borders" in Article 4 might raise some difficulty and the Representative of Madagascar suggested that Article 7 should end with "S&Mac255; and to take appropriate measures". The Representative of Rwanda considered that the " pragmatic spirit of the text should be maintained."

·    5.3. The participants adopted the Chair1s proposal to defer further study of the Code of Conduct to the next meeting of the Committee.

·    6. Examination and Selection of Candidates (agenda item 6)

·    6.1. Mr. Brémaud recalled the criteria for selection, whereby candidates were required to have reached a minimum level of five years education beyond their school diploma, plus five years1 professional experience, supported with written references and a statement by the candidate1s of his/her deep motivation for peace.

·    6.2. Following discussion, the Committee selected 21 candidates from 11 countries, namely:

- Mrs. Asséta Dialo, Mr. M Moussa Diallo, Mr. Goubri Patrice Paul Privat et Mr. Désiré Boniface Some from Burkina Faso

  - Mr. M. Procès Bigirimana, Mr. Charle Imwiyitire, Mr. Zéphyrin Maniratangua and Mr. Come Mbomimpa from Burundi

  - Mr. Thoma Fondjo and Mr. Jean Njoya from Cameroon

  - Ms. Siama Mirelle Fore from Congo

  - Mr. Oliver Védine from France

  - Mr. Gocha Lordkipanidze from Georgia

  - Mr. Zarko Koneski from the former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia

  - Mr. Payay J.B. Randrianjara from Madagascar

  - Mrs. Soraya Ayouche from Morocco

  - Mrs. Binh T.N. Tran from the United States of America

  - Mrs .Judith C.N.Lungu, Mrs. Cecilia Shinodo , Mr. M Herbert Nyrienda and Mr. James Phiri from Zambia

·    6.3. Mr. Pérez emphasized that the internet media had made it possible to discover candidates " high level" and it already opened the way in breaking down intellectual barriers between countries, which was one of the major objectives of the Cercle de Réflexion.

·    7. Summing up (agenda item 7)

The Committee approved the Chair1s proposal to resume its work on the pending items within the framework of a limited committee, which would meet on 20 February 2002 at United Nations Headquarters and it decided to maintain Ms. Séraphine Toe as Chairperson of the Committee.

·    8. Adjournment (agenda item 8)

Expressing the wish that " Leaders without Borders" may become " Ambassadors of Peace " throughout the world, the Chair adjourned the meeting at 3:30pm.

  Jean-Luc Pérez

  Co President of the Selection Committee

  for" Leaders without Borders"