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Reform of the United Nations [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary and its General Assembly holds its annual September…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski

As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary and its General Assembly holds its annual September sessions, the need to overhaul the organisation is widely recognised, but the differing national interests of its most powerful members hinder any major reform. Proposals concern most UN activities, from the composition and decision-making in its Security Council to peace support, human rights and development.

As supporters of the multilateral approach to foreign policy, the European Union and its member states back reforms that would make the UN stronger and more efficient, although they disagree on how to pursue possible changes in the Security Council.

This note offers a selection of recent studies by some of the major think tanks and research institutes which discuss the state of the UN and plans to reform it.

Reform of the United Nations
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The UN Security Council (UNSC)

Council on Foreign Relations, September 2015

United Nations to retire at 70: Youthful United Actors to take over

Global Public Policy Institute, July 2015

The challenges of United Nations reform and the European Union’s role

European Progressive Observatory, June 2015

Ban Ki-Moon successor: A democratic UN starts with a democratic election of its leader

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, June 2015

The future peace operations landscape: Voices from stakeholders around the globe

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, January 2015

Setting a progressive United Nations peace and security agenda: Searching for new narratives.

Clingendael, December 2014

The reform of the United Nations’ Human Rights Treaty bodies

American Society of International Law, August 2014

Review of the UN global focal point: Police, justice & corrections

Clingendael, June 2014

Small states at the United Nations: Diverse perspectives, shared opportunities

International Peace Institute, May 2014

Realpolitik and reform at Rio+20: The politics of reforming the United Nations Environment Programme

Earth System Governance, May 2014

United Nations Security Council reform

United Nations University, May 2014

Renewing UN development: A path of least resistance or a process of real renewal?

Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, April 2014

China as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, April 2014

Security Council reform from 1945 to September 2013

Center for UN Reform, September 2013

UN-veiling world governance

European Union Institute for Security Studies, August 2013

The UN’s ‘Rubik’s Cube: Security Council reform

Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 2013

Reforming the working methods of the UN Security Council: The next ACT

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, June 2013

Reform proposals: For a democratic UN and the rule of law

Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, March 2012

Assessing the EU’s Strategic partnerships in the UN system

Egmont, May 2011

United Nations: urgent problems that need Congressional action

Heritage Foundation, February 2011

The European Union and the reform of the United Nations: Towards a more effective Security Council?

Instituto Affari Internazionali, November 2011

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