on Wednesday, 20 Feburary 2002 (conference room C)


Were present:

Mr. Mosud Mannan, Minister Counsellor, representing H.E. Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations.

Ms. Nicole Elisha, Counsellor, representing H.E. Mr. Joël Wassi Adechi, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Benin 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. M. Basile Ikouebe, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Congo to the United Nations.

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

Mr. Gocha Lordkipanidze, Minister Counsellor, representing H.E. Mr. Peter P. Chkheidze, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations.

Mrs. Zamira Tohtohojaeva, First Secretary, representing H.E. Mrs. Elmira S. Ibraimova, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the United Nations.

Mrs. Léa Raholinirina, Counsellor, representing th 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.

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

M. Purevjav Gansukh, Counsellor, representing H.E. Mr. Jargalsaikhany Enkhsaikhan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations.

H.E. Prof. Semakula Kiwanuka, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations.

H.E. M. Francisco Seixas de Costa, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations and Mr. Fernando Freire, Counsellor, 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".

Mr. Philip Corwin, Expert to the United Nations.

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

Ms. Rita Fontaine, Professor, Lower Columbia College, Washington.

Mr. Luc Franzoni, Officer- in-Charge, Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships, representing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Mr. Jean Gazarian, Coordinator Training Programme for Permanent Missions, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), offive of New York.

Ms. Kim Le, CEO NASCA, Washington.

Mr. Bruce Boeglin, Counsellor of 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, Co-President of the Selection Committee for " Leaders without Borders" of the Cercle de Réflexion.

H.E. Cardinal B. Gantin, Counsellor of the Pope in the Vatican and H.E. Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations regretfully could not attend the meeting owing to their previous commitments. They expressed wishes of success to the Committee.

·    1. Words of welcome ( agenda item 1)

·    1.1 The meeting was opened at 10:15am by Ms. Séraphine Toe. In her welcoming address, she recalled that at the last meeting in January 2002, the Selection Committee established a Restricted Committee to consider the remaining agenda items.

·    1.2 The Committee confirmed Ms. Toe as Chairperson, by acclamation.

·    1.3. On the proposal by the Chair, the provisional agenda was adopted.

·    1.4. Mr. Pérez recalled that United Nations Member States and Observers were the only members of the United Nations Cercle de Réflexion and that seven Governments had already appointed their official representatives to the Selection Committee.

·    2. Choice a name for the first promotion and validation of candidates accepted "under reserve" (agenda item 2)

·    2.1. Upon a motion by the Representative of Rwanda, the name of former United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld , who died in 1961 in a plane accident in Africa while on a peacekeeping mission, was immediately adopted for the first promotion of " Leaders without Borders".

·    2.2. After review of the applications held for acceptance "under reserve", the Committee gave definitive acceptance to Mrs. Tran candidacy and allowed Mrs. Shinodo a final two months to complete her application.

·    3. Discussion of the Training Programme for "Leaders without Borders" and "Corps Volunteers of UNCR for Peace" (agenda item 3)

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·    3.1. Mr. Brémaud indicated that, after the Committee1s work, the dialogue among "Civilizations" and " Presentation of the United Nations modules" had been included in the training programme. Regarding the diversity of the module, Mr. Brémaud pointed out that a programme on peace required an eclectic choice of subject matters, including scientific subjects.

·    3.2. The Representative of Portugal felt that the training programme should take into account the pratical aspects of matters debated at the United Nations, thereby agreeing with the Representatives of Rwanda and Burundi who had expressed a wish to have candidates gather at regular intervals in residential seminars to receive practical instruction on current affairs.

Mr. Brémaud indicated that this aspect would be taken into account starting with the first residential seminar, due to take place in September at the United Nations.

·    3.3. Mr. Franzoni stressed that the aspect of technical assistance of the United Nations for a sustainable human development, including the particular role of UNDP, should be better integrated in the programme and that current conceptual and operational questions should indeed be incorporated in the training programme. Mr. Gaucher remarked that these topics would be addressed in the training module.

·    3.4. Mr. Gazarian suggested that the training, which was originally expected to be conducted in English, should also be given in French, considering that most of the candidates selected for the first promotion were French speaking. The Committee adopted the suggestion.

·    3.5. Mr. Corwin explained how complex it was to manage action related to humanitarian affairs and peacekeeping in general, and he recommended that literature be taught in the training programme. The Committee decided to include a module on the "Management of humanitarian actions " in the programme.

·    3.6. Mr. Brémaud indicated that consideration was being given to establishing a "UNCR University" in Los Angeles, to afford a basic structure to facilitate the training programme and that campuses might be established in New York, in Africa and other continents, as budgets and opportunities allowed it. The Committee took note of that statement.

·    3.7. With regard to the " Corps of UNCR Volunteers for Peace ", Mr. Pérez explained that prevention was to be their main function and that stress would be given to educating the young, in particular by distributing a booklet on peace, to be published in all the official languages of the United Nations. He indicated that it would be up on the selected candidates to devise and lead the " Corps of UNCR Volunteers for Peace" keeping in mind each country1s characteristics.

·    4. Development of the "Code of Conduct" for "Leaders without Borders" (agenda item 4)

·    4.1. The Committee reviewed the draft Code of Conduct submitted by the Representative the of Congo, amending UNCR1s first draft. Article 3, as originally drafted, having been deleted, the following text was adopted:

Article 1: Leaders without Borders are builders and messengers of Peace.Their mission is based on the Principles. Purposes and Values enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

Article 2: Leaders without Borders act in accordance with the highest moral qualities, giving by their behaviour the best example, in particular, by being active, innovative and open-minded, while fully respecting the diversity and dignity of human beings in all place, time and circumstance.

Article 3: Leaders without Borders have an international mission to work for Peace. They are to place themselves in the perspective of a world united in diversity.

Article 4: Leaders without Borders shall apply the principles of non-violence, tolerance and mutual understanding and reject any form of discrimination.

Article 5: The rules and duties as described in the above article shall apply to all Leaders without Borders who hereby undertake to abide by them. The Selection Committee for "Leaders without Borders" is hereby

  charged with ensuring compliance the present Code of Conduct.

·    4.2 The Selection Committee decided that the Code of Conduct shall mandatorily be signed by each selected candidate.

·    5. Organization of the next meetings of the Selection Commission and establishment of a Welcoming Committee for " Leaders without Borders" at the peace seminars in September 2002 at the United Nations (agenda item 5)

·    5.1. With regard to te meeting due to be held on 17 July 2002, the Committee agreed that candidates had to send in their application before 2 July 2002 without fail if they wished to be selected. The representative of the Bangladesh suggested that applications be sent through diplomatic channels of the permanent mission, or that the mission should at least receive a copy of the application for their information . The Committee approved the suggestion.

·    5.2. In anticipation of the first residential seminar due to be held at United Nations Headquarters in September 2002, the Committee decided to establish a Working Group to prepare the event.

·    5.3. The Chair suspended the meeting at 1:15pm.

·    6. Meeting of the Working Group on the residential seminar, to be held in September 2002 at the United Nations.

·    6.1. The Working Group convened at 3:20pm under the chairmanship of Ms Toe, in the presence of representatives of the Congo, the Niger ,UNDP and the Cercle de Réflexion.

·    6.2. Mr. Franzoni considered it nescessary to set up a strategy for action with a group of countries motivated by the seminar. The participants considered that the holding of the first residential seminar in September at the United Nations was a remarkable symbol because it would be concide with the first anniversary of the tragedy of 11 September.

·    6.3. Number of questions were then discussed regarding contacts to be made with international regional organizations and United Nations agencies or partners. The Working Group decided to establish an open- ended Strategic Committee to attend to the preparation of this first seminar.

·    7. Other matters- Summing up- Adjournment (agenda item 6 and 7)

  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 4:30pm.

  Jean-Luc Pérez

  Co- President of the Selection Committee

for " Leaders without Borders"