A group of NGO’s
convinced of the basic need to consider values in global affairs
gathered at the first Preparatory Conference for the World Social
Summit on Social Development (UNWSSD) in 1994. The group elected
Bawa Jain, Rev. Chung Lee, and Dr. Nancy Roof as co-chairmen.
Ambassador Juan Somavia, Chairman of the UNWSS became the chief
supporter of the effort, giving it the legitimacy that it needed.
The Values Caucus took its inspiration from a "Seminar on Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Social
Progress". The Seminar was hosted by the Government of Slovania and financed by voluntary contributions from the
Governments of Austria, France and Switzerland. It was held in October 1994 as part of the preparation for the UNWSSD
to be held in Denmark in March 1995. Amb. Danilo Turk, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations, was
one of the first guests to speak at a Values Caucus meeting and sharing his experiences from the
seminar, he expressed the importance of working with values at the United Nations.