Reforming the United Nations

Publication: “Ban Ki-Moon Successor – A Democratic UN Starts With a Democratic Election of its Leader”

Volker Lehmann FES Perspective, June 2015 ISBN 978-3-95861-180-1 Historically, the selection of the UN Secretary-General (SG) has been dominated by the Permanent Five Members of the Security Council using their veto power to determine a lowest common denominator compromise candidate. more »

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Past Event: “The Notion of Progress in the Diversity of World Cultures”

New York City May 31 – June 2, 2015 In September 2015 world leaders gather at UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate the institution’s 70th Anniversary, marking the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and inaugurating a new standard in more »

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Past Event: “The UN at 70: Security Council Reform and the Wider UN Reform Agenda”

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 United Nations Headquarters, Delegates Dining Room 5   Whereas the 70th anniversary year of the United Nations provides an opportunity to take stock of the functioning of the various UN bodies, the negotiations on Security Council more »

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Past Event: “Transparency in International Arms Transfers: Has the Arms Trade Treaty Killed off the UN Register of Conventional Arms?”

Monday, October 28, 2013 1:15-3:00 pm German House, 871 UN Plaza One of the stated purposes of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is to promote cooperation, transparency and responsible action in the international trade in conventional arms. At the same more »

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Publication: “Reforming the Working Methods of the UN Security Council: The Next ACT”

Volker Lehmann FES Perspective, August 2013 In May 2013, some 20 UN member states launched a new initiative to improve the working methods of the UN Security Council. Dubbed “ACT”, the initiative aims for greater accountability, coherence, and transparency in more »

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Past Event: “Learning From Experience: Building the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda with People Living in Extreme Poverty

Thursday June 27, 2013 10:00 am – 1:00 pm UNHQ, Conference Room 1 (Conference Building) This panel discussion presented proposals for the sustainable development agenda based on a year-long participatory research project carried out with people living in extreme poverty. more »

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Past Publications on “Inter-linkages between High Level Political Forum and ECOSOC Reform”

On 8 May FES New York organized an informal roundtable in which Ambassadors could engage in informal and candid dialogue to enhance political understanding of the ECOSOC reform and High Level Political Forum processes and their impact on the development more »

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Past Event “Lessons Learned From the 2012 QCPR Process”

February 28, 2013 UN Secretariat After the UN General Assembly adopted in December 2012 Resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of UN operational activities for development, on February 28, 2013, FES New York hosted a workshop for more »

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Past Event: “Dialogue on UN operational activities for development: Preparations for the 2012 QCPR”

  June 8-9 Retreat at Tarrytown, New York This retreat was the third event sponsored by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (picture), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, and FES New York to more »

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Past Event: “Dialogue on UN operational Activities for Development: Funding of UN operational Activities for Development”

29 March, 2012, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, 325 East 38th St., New York In the fall of 2012 the UN General Assembly conducts the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of UN more »

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