For a Strong and Democratic UN

A South Perspective on UN Reform

The South Centre

For a Strong and Democratic UN

The South Centre

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781856495561 Published August 1997 For sale in North and South America only
Contents
Preface
Introduction
 
Part One. The United Nations: The Issues at Stake
 
1. Developing Countries and the Reform of the United Nations
 
2. The United Nations: Facing an Uphill Struggle
            The United Nations Charter: A Vision and Mission
            Working Towards a More Equitable World
            Erosion of the United Nations’ Economic Role
            Markets, Governments and Multilateral Organizations
            The Increasing Need for Humanitarian Assistance: A Dilemma
            Financing and Staffing: A Weak Link in the Organization
 
3. The Need for Reform
            The United Nations Under Siege
            Framework for a Constructive Approach to Reform
            Continuity and Change
            Conclusion
 
Part Two. Key Dimensions of United Nations Reform
 
4. Countering Distorted Images
            Introduction
            The Size, Complexity and Cost of the United Nations
            An ‘Unreformed and Unreformable Labyrinth’
            The ‘Third World-Dominated’ United Nations
            Conclusion
 
5. Overcoming Financial Insecurity
            Introduction
            The Assessment System: Basic Features
            The Assessment System in Practice
            Voluntary Financing
            Novel Financing Methods
            Conclusions and Recommendations
 
6. Human Resources: A Pillar of the United Nations
            Introduction
            High Requirements of the International Civil Service
            The Main Challenges
            Conclusions and Recommendations
 
7. The General Assembly and the Security Council: Uneasy Partners
            Introduction
            The General Assembly Challenged
            The General Assembly: the Paramount Organ
            Time for Correctives: Recommendations
 
8. Reclaiming the Central Economic Role for the United Nations
            Introduction
            The Economic Role of the United Nations: The Vision and the Reality
            The Challenge of the New Global Context
            Relationships Between Institutions: Establishing the Pivotal Role of the United Nations
            Strengthening and Revitalizing the Economic Role of the United Nations
            Conclusion
 
9. The Bretton Woods Institutions: A Case for Fundamental Reform
            Introduction
            The Supply of International Liquidity
            The Supply of Development Finance
            The Multilateral Debt Problem
            Conditionality
            Governance
            The Bretton Woods Institutions and the United Nations
            Conclusion
 
Part Three. Overview and Main Policy Conclusions
 
10. Essence of the Debate
            Current Debate on Reform in Perspective
 
11. Main Policy Conclusions for United Nations Reform
            Policy Framework for Recommendations
            Summary of Main Recommendations
            Conclusion
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