Reviewing the Millennium Declaration
NGOs as Partners in Debt Relief and Financing
NGOs as Partners in Values and Public Service
NGOs as Partners in Strengthening the Family
Building Cultures of Peace and Leadership
> Closing Statements
Amb. Dr. Clovis Maksoud, Executive Director, Center for the Global South,
observed that it is important to realize that not whatever is legal is
necessarily legitimate, and in some instances, what is legitimate is not
necessarily legal. Civil society, as the repository of legitimacy, must
ensure that legitimacy is a matter of dynamic consent to governments -
this is because many governments, under the pretense of being custodians
of sovereignty, practice human rights violations in a systematic way.
He argued that we must rectify the North-South equation, which is a matter
of shame and a challenge for the 21st century. We must deepen our sense
of commitment to internationalism in order to allow sovereignty to become
a legacy of human liberation rather than a shield and pretext to dehumanize
human relationships. He added, "The United States, as now the only superpower,
must be deterred so that [it] rediscovers its own values, so that its
values are no longer a negation of some of its policies."
Ms. Maria Figueroa Küpçü, a member of the Board of Directors
of the International Development Conference, noted that there is understandable
skepticism about the Millennium Declaration, but the dangers of not trying
to achieve its goals are too great a risk; together, we can succeed. She
said the Declaration could have gone further to include how governments
will help parents, grandparents and the extended family--all of which
is so critical toward nurturing young people toward their full potential.
NGOs can best show how these ideas can become reality by modeling change
in their own organizations and expecting high standards of behavior from
those who represent NGOs. NGOs should serve as role models to others.
She said they have a "unique ability to reach into communities, to get
closer to the people than any government agency could because we can change
attitudes, persuade friends [and] encourage them." She urged that NGOs
become the training ground for tomorrow's government and business leaders,
adding, "Only when there is cross-pollination of these sectors will the
values that we think are important in the NGO sphere become internalized
in the policies of society and the business practices of our corporations."
She stressed that NGOs not remain isolated but learn to speak the language
of their partners.
In closing the conference, Dr. N'Dow once again proclaimed that WANGO
is an idea whose time has come, and will become the premier global network
of civil society in nations large and small, and the premier world body
for training in human leadership. Dr. Kwak, in concluding remarks, stressed
that NGOs should avoid the dangers and temptations that have toppled individuals
and governments--selfishness and moral failure. Rather they must maintain
the attitude of service to others. Participants were invited to attend
future IIFWP and WANGO educational programs in their respective nations.
Executive Summary prepared by Dr. Mark P. Barry, Senior
Research Fellow, Summit Council for World Peace.
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