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The challenge of United Nations reform

CollectionsANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
Title: The challenge of United Nations reform
Author(s): Reus-Smith, Christian
Hanson, Marianne
Charlesworth, Hilary
Maley, William
Keywords: world politics;Security Council reform;UN human rights system;humanitarian crises;United Nations;international cooperation
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Dept. of International Relations, The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Keynotes (Australian National University. Dept. of International Relations): 05
The international community founded the United Nations in 1945 as the centrepiece of an ambitious institutional strategy to prevent the recurrence of world war, global depression, and massive humanitarian crises, the most tragic of which had been the Holocaust. Sixty years later the world is again confronting multiple governance challenges, from combating transnational terrorism while maintaining existing constraints on the use of force to stabilising the world economy while alleviating endemic poverty and political alienation. None of these challenges can be met through unilateral or bilateral means alone, and the existing architecture of multilateral institutions is in serious need of reform. A renaissance in multilateral institutions will not proceed far, however, unless the central problem of reforming the United Nations is confronted. In this Keynote, a number of leading scholars consider three crucial aspects of UN reform: Security Council reform, renovation of the UN human rights system, and the role of the UN in responding to broader humanitarian crises.
ISBN: 0 7315 3132 9
ISSN: 1446-0726


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