"In his address to the UN-General Assembly in September 2003, Kofi
Annan coined an image of the reform process that has since set the
tone of such debates. He stated that the United Nations has now reached
a fork in the road that may be as signifi cant as its year of foundation.
Hence, the United Nations can only face the global challenges
of development and security policies by undertaking a comprehensive
reform of one’s own structures.
From the point of view of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches
(FSPC) it is important to analyse and support the ongoing reform processes
of the UN, as basic values that the FSPC defends from its reformed
perspectives will thus either be strengthened or weakened. The
following are good causes to do so: a) The FSPC wishes to share its
matters of concern with the Swiss foreign and development policy;
b) the FSPC wishes to contribute with a well-founded perspective for
the attention of the World Council of Churches; c) the FSPC seeks
to illustrate the urgency and importance of the UN-reform processes
within member churches and in the general public; and d) the FSPC
endeavours to include its concerns regarding the United Nations as it
expressed in an earlier statement into the present reform discussions.
In doing so, the FSPC-position paper focuses its analysis on four pioneering
and spearheading UN-reports published between June 2004
and March 2005; thus serving as a «Roadmap» – in terms of content
– for the Millennium+5-Summit in autumn 2005.", p. 2