Publications on UN Reform

Upcoming Event: “UN Security Council and Climate Change: Bully Pulpit or Bull in a China Shop?”

intern1 : December 15, 2017 1:34 pm : Events 2017, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Security Governance, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

Wednesday, December 20, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
United Nations HQ – New York
Delegates Dining Room

(by invitation only)

Amid growing concerns that climate change will affect international peace and security, over the last decade the issue has emerged on a regular basis on the agenda of the UN Security Council. A new FES New York publication therefore examines options for meaningful Council action on climate-related challenges to peace and security. The discussion event, co-hosted by the Missions of Germany and Uruguay to the UN and FESNY, will feature the publication’s lead author Ken Conca from the American University in Washington. His presentation of the paper will be the starting point for a discussion that will also address whether action on climate change could trigger transformation and reform of the Security Council.

Program

 

Comments are closed

New Publication – “Climate Change and Global Security – What Role for the UN Security Council?”

intern1 : October 18, 2017 3:19 pm : Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Security Governance, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

by Ken Conca, Joe Thwaites and Goueun Lee

October 2017

The UN Security Council is increasingly under pressure to address climate change as a threat to international peace and security. Yet disagreements about the Council’s mandate as well as its current mode of operation render the body ill-suited for tackling climate change-related challenges. This publication discusses whether action on climate change could trigger transformation of the Council into an organ better suited for the world’s 21st century challenges in general. Reform proposals include forward-looking initiatives supported by affected states, as well as coordinated symbolic gestures from the Permanent Five Security Council Members.

Download the publication here.

Comments are closed

Publication: “Strengthening Civil Society Engagement with the United Nations.”

intern1 : February 28, 2017 3:52 pm : Highlights from New York, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

Published and co-compiled by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York, the United Nations Association-UK, CIVICUS and Avaa

February 2017

This new publication is a co-production of FES New York and three other founding organizations of the campaign ‘1 for 7 billion’ committed to a democratic and transparent election of the Secretary-General.

This new publication features practical recommendations on how the new Secretary General and the UN can improve multilateralism between governments and also with community leaders, civil society organizations and activists. At the heart of all these recommendations, is a common message for António Guterres to build a more inclusive UN. The authors – ranging from youth activists, NGO directors and policy experts – call on the new Secretary-General to broaden and foster relationships with civil society on a wide spectrum of common interests.

Download here

 

Comments are closed

Publication: CCSI/FES multi-language web platform for WMD non-proliferation regimes

intern1 : April 6, 2016 5:09 pm : Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

Compliance and Capacity Skills International (CCSI) and FES New York have completed a multi-language web platform. It offers pragmatic information and guidelines in all six official UN languages for the implementation of non-proliferation regimes against Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) currently applied by the United Nations to North Korea (DPRK) and Iran. Special consideration is given to the information requirements of those with responsibilities to implement sanctions for governments, international organizations and corporations, particularly in connection with the additional challenges posed by the incremental unwinding of the Iran sanctions.

For more info, please visit: http://www.wmd-sanctions.info

Comments are closed

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

intern1 : June 24, 2015 4:36 pm : Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

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. This publication explains how the search for Ban Ki-moon’s successor has become a global call for a substantial overhaul of this outdated and undemocratic process. The author discusses reform propositions and explains why UN Member States should throw their weight behind this movement for democratizing the UN: First, a successful overhaul of the SG selection process would benefit their reputation as constructive UN actors. And second, it would increase credibility and effectiveness of the global organization.

Download

Comments are closed

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

VolkerL : August 13, 2013 4:24 pm : Global Security Governance, Publications on Global Security Governance, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

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 the Council’s activities. This publication gauges this effort against the backdrop of previous stalled attempts to reform either working methods or the composition of the Council. It concludes that ACT’s modest and seemingly technical proposals cut to the highly-political core issues of who controls representation of member states interests and who controls the reform agenda at the UN.

Download

Comments are closed

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

SaraB : May 24, 2013 10:09 am : Events, Events 2013, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

ECOSOC-Pres and 4 Co-facilitatorsOn 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 agenda of the UN.  Discussions concentrated on 1) inter-linkages between the two processes; 2) mechanisms to review national implementation, 3) the role of IMF and World Bank in a reformed institutional framework for sustainable development, and 4) mechanisms for participation of Major Groups and other non-state actors in sustainable development. The meeting was hosted by the German Mission, co-sponsored by the Missions of Mexico and Denmark and Stakeholder Forum, supported by UN-DESA, and organized in consultation with the co-facilitators of the two processes. More than 75 Ambassadors, members of delegations, representatives of the UN , IMF and World Bank Secretariats and institutional organizers attended the round table. The meeting was held under Chatham House Rule.

Summary of Discussions from 8 May Meeting

“The UN and the BWIs: How to promote policy coherence and coordination for sustainable development, a “think piece” backgrounder produced by FES New York for the 8 May Meeting

Comments are closed
« Page 1 »

Fortalecimiento de la justicia de género
Recomendaciones para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible y la Agenda para el Desarrollo Post 2015
WOMEN’S MAJOR GROUP
Perspective : FES New York
2013
ISBN 978-3-86498-666-6
Download

ECOSOC is dead, long live ECOSOC
Thomas G. Weiss
Perspective : FES New York
2010
ISBN 978-3-86872-598-8

Since its inception in 1946, the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has witnessed an increase in membership as well as agenda items that has turned ECOSOC into the UN’s most unwieldy and least significant deliberative body. To achieve the goal of turning ECOSOC into a more effective UN-body, the author suggests four significant changes that are aimed at an reform of ECOSOC. First of all, ECOSOC should move beyond the North-South quagmire and towards issue-based and interest-based negotiations. Moreover, ECOSOC and the entire UN-system would achieve more with less through centralization and consolidation. ECOSOC should also pursue the UN’s comparative advantages and not be on the defensive. G-20 and other groups could help infuse ECOSOC and the UN more broadly with political dynamics that are representative of contemporary global power to the benefit of all. Lastly, ECOSOC should realize that policy ideas and research matter. The system that ECOSOC oversees should provide more intellectual leadership about the fundamentally changed nature of contemporary problems and of their solutions.
Download

Financing the United Nations
Evamaria Weisser
Fact Sheet
2009

Global problems and crises require global management, a task that the United Nations (UN) undertakes. However, it is an undertaking that also requires the necessary funding.
Financing of the UN is a highly political issue. The key points in the delicate debate are the scale of assessments for each member state, the UN budget and perceived managerial inefficiency. It is a debate about the general fairness of sharing the financial burdens and maintaining an equal power division while being independent of national interests. It is also the debate about the UN itself, its demand for reforms and its importance within the international arena.

Download

The capital master plan to renovate the UN headquarters
Nancy Schultz and Volker Lehmann
Fact Sheet
2008

Ever since the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City was completed in 1950, these structures have been a symbol of multilateralism, human rights, economic and social development and world peace. While the UN as an organization has shaped world politics and global policies, the headquarters’ structures have aged to an extend that endanger the functioning of the UN as a multilateral body. To overhaul its headquarters, UN member states adopted the so-called Capital Master Plan (CMP). The CMP initially set the costs for a complete renovation of the building at $1.9 billion. Since 2006, however, the CMP has been changed several times, and anticipated costs have risen to $2.1 billion. For the UN as an organization that regularly struggles to raise the resources of its annual budget of currently about $4.2 billion, raising such large extra sums poses a critical political challenge. The politics around the CMP are hence a reflection of the state in which the UN currently fares.
Download


Mexico at the UN

Valeska Hesse
Fact Sheet
2008
Download

Reforming UN environmental governance
Christian Möller
Fact Sheet
2007
Download

 

A priority agenda for the next UN secretary-general
Thomas G. Weiss and Peter J. Hoffman
Occasional Papers No. 28
2007
Download

 

Report discussion on Coherence Panel Report : December 6, 2006 ; debate on UN system-wide coherence panel report: “Delivering as One”
Volker Lehmann
Conference Report
2007
Download

 

New Powers for Global Change? Economic and human development of emerging economies
Christina Hackmann
Fact Sheet
2007

While the fast pace of global economic growth has benefited almost all developing countries over the last years, emerging economic powers such as China and India are often referred to as the main contributors to global GDP in the developing world. Bearing in mind the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the question remains, however, if the economic momentum in these countries will translate into human development.
Download

 

New Powers for Global Change: South Africa at the UN
Stephanie Kage
Fact Sheet
2007
Download

Setting a democratic example: the challenge of selecting Kofi Annan’s successor
Faye Leone and Lene Schumacher
FES Briefing Paper
2006
Download

 

China at the UN
Stephanie Kage
Fact Sheet
2006
Download

Brazil at the UN
Stephanie Kage
Fact Sheet
2006
Download

United Nations high-level dialogue on international migration and development
Isabel Steinweg
Fact Sheet
2006

During a two day High-Level-Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development the UN General Assembly discussed various aspects of this global issue, including its close connection to human rights and development. While this first-ever High- Level-Dialogue addressed failures of the international community to foster development strategies in migrants’ emissary countries, as well as the protection of migrants and their families, a comprehensive global policy strategy still seems far away.
Download

 

New drivers for global change: India at the UN
Stephanie Kage
Fact Sheet
2006
Download

United Nations Democracy Fund
Volker Lehmann
Fact Sheet
2006

The recently established United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) should provide strategic support to catalyze democracy and human rights initiatives around the world. It is intended to complement the UN’s existing engagement in democracy promotion. Yet given its limited resources, the Fund will have to carve out a competitive niche side by side with other, already well-established democracy-promotion programs. In addition, while the Fund was created thanks to the leadership of some democratic countries, notably the United States, its success will depend on more member states embracing it as a relevant tool for democracy promotion.
Download

Financing the United Nations
Volker Lehmann and Angela McClellan
Fact Sheet
2006

Financing the United Nations (UN) has been an issue of ever-returning political strife. Current debates on the scale of assessments and a freeze for the general budget are linked to questions of general fairness of cost-sharing, efficiency and managerial reforms at the UN. Such conflicts are likely to stymie the UN unless more ambitious alternatives to burden-sharing are pursued.
Download

 

Global democracy in the nexus of governments, parliaments, parties and civil society
Christoph Zöpel
Occasional Papers
2005
ISBN 3-89892-410-6
Download

The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations : an issues paper
Gert Rosenthal
Occasional Papers
2005
ISBN 3-89892-345-2
Download

Overcoming the Security Council reform impasse : the implausible versus the plausible
Thomas G. Weiss
Occasional Papers No. 14
2005
ISBN 3-89892-343-6
Download

 

Special representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General
Volker Lehmann
Fact Sheet
2007

Throughout the history of the United Nations (UN), the number and tasks of Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSGs) have evolved considerably. Particularly after the end of the Cold War, as the UN’s reactions to peace and security threats have become more complex, there has been an array of heterogeneous tasks that are all summarized under the label SRSG. As diverse as the conflict situations they have been appointed to resolve are the SRSG’s statuses and functions. This Fact Sheet explores how SRSGs have grown quantitatively and qualitatively into an increasingly sophisticated tool of the UN’s activities to promote peace and security.
Download

 

A priority agenda for the next UN secretary-general
Thomas G. Weiss and Peter J. Hoffman
Occasional Papers No. 28
2007
ISBN 978-3-89892-600-3

History has shown that the likelihood for substantial change at the United Nations is greatest when a new Secretary-General takes office. To facilitate the construction of a precise, credible, and meaningful agenda, a necessary first step is to identify, evaluate, and rank challenges in terms of priorities and feasibilities. Towards this end, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies (RBIIS) of The CUNY Graduate Center jointly organized a series of four workshops in October and November 2006. These deliberations on the major substantive areas of UN business – development and environment; human rights and humanitarian action; peace and security; and the Secretariat – drew on expertise from the UN Secretariat, diplomatic missions, non-governmental organizations, and academia.
Participants reached consensus regarding what Ban Ki-Moon could act on, what he should look to work with others on to achieve, and what is unrealistic and should be set aside.

Download

 

Collective security and the United Nations : the work of the high-level panel on threats, challenges and change
Kevin Ozgercin
FES Briefing Pape
2005
Download

Toward a more secure world? The report of the high-level panel on threats, challenges and change
Kevin Ozgercin and Jochen Steinhilber
FES Briefing Paper
2005
Download

Better than it has been made out to be : the UN in the wake of the 2005 World Summit
Jürgen Stetten
FES Briefing Paper
2005
Download