About UN Reform & Revitalization
For well over a decade, there have been calls from government, the media, and by citizens for "reform of the United Nations". However, reform can refer to many different topics in the course of public debate. Both those who want the UN to play a greater role in world affairs and those who want its role reduced use the term "UN reform" to refer to their ideas. As an organization that values the power of global cooperation, we believe that the UN should have the structures and means to do its job.
Citizens for Global Solutions envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. We believe that the UN has an important role to play in achieving this vision. UN reform is about improving coordination between UN bodies, making the UN machine run smoother and more effectively, and increasing transparency and fairness. It is also about making sure the UN has the tools and clout it needs to accomplish its mission. The United States should work with our friends and allies to strengthen the UN so it can respond to the threats and challenges of this century.
The United Nations in 10 Years...
In March 2011, Citizens for Global Solutions CEO Don Kraus travelled to Abu Dhabi to speak at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research's (ECSSR) Annual Conference, titled "Global Strategic Developments: A Futuristic Vision." You can read Don's speech, entitled, "The Evolution of the United Nations and the Security Council." In this speech, Don imagines how the United Nations and the Security Council will look in ten years.
UN Reform Issues
A Chronology of UN Reform
United States Positions on UN Reform
Security Council Reform
The United States is open to UN Security Council reform and expansion, as one element of an overall agenda for UN reform. We advocate a criteria-based approach under which potential members must be supremely well qualified, based on factors such as: economic size, population, military capacity, commitment to democracy and human rights, financial contributions to the UN, contributions to UN peacekeeping, and record on counterterrorism and nonproliferation. We have to look, of course, at the overall geographic balance of the Council, but effectiveness remains the benchmark for any reform.
~ U.S. State Department, Bureau of Public Affairs, June 20, 2005
In the past, our failure to pay all of our dues and to pay them on a timely basis has constrained the UN’s performance and deprived us of the ability to use our influence most effectively to promote reform. [President] Obama believes the U.S. should pay our dues to the UN in full and on time.
~ Susan Rice, Ambassador to the United Nations
at the United Nations
By Center for UN Reform Education
- Chapter 1: Security Council Reform
- Chapter 2: Revitalization of the General Assembly
- Chapter 3: System-Wide Coherence
- Chapter 4: Secretariat & Management Reform
- Chapter 5: The Establishment of the Human Rights Council
(all sections are downloadable PDF's)
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The Responsibility Not to Veto: A Way Forward
Read a white paper by Citizens for Global Solutions Policy & Programs Director Ariela Blatter. The paper outlines the origins and evolution of the concept, discusses relevant cases over 20 years where the principle could have come into play (such as in Rwanda, Kosovo, and Darfur), and provides key recommendations for moving the principle forward.
- Center for UN Reform Education - This non-profit research organization works to encourage a public discussion on United Nations reform by publishing and distributing papers and organizing public forums and conferences.
- The Better World Campaign - BWC works to foster a strong, effective relationship between the United States and the United Nations and follows many U.S.-UN related issues, including reform.
- ReformtheUN.org - This website by the World Federalist Movement provides information about UN reform initiatives, including Member States' positions, and reactions from parliamentarians and civil society groups.
- The Global Policy Forum - GPF is an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and follows UN Reform issues..
- Official UN Website UN.org/Reform - Links to information on official reform proposals, including proposals by the Secretary General and intergovernmental proposals.
- Official U.S. Website United State Mission to the UN - This website tracks statements by Ambassador Rice on Security Council reform and reports on other UN Reform issues of special interest to the U.S.