Reforming the United Nations: New Initiatives and Past Efforts (1997)



The United Nations celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995. At the top of the agenda was the need to reform and adapt the organization to the post Cold War period. Numerous proposals were put forward; most, however, failed to secure the required support. Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has given the highest priority to engaging member states in reassessing the Organization and in implementing reform measures in accordance with new-found consensus. This three-volume set describes and brings together 50 key reform proposals originating inside and outside the United Nations. The documentation contained in this publication touches upon all aspects of the United Nations and covers the full spectrum of proposals and initiatives. It is hoped that the information provided will assist those involved in current efforts in reassessing and reshaping the Organization and will serve as a useful reference set for policy makers, researchers and the interested public.

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 ... mind-boggling work...every major reform proposal...for the United Nations ...  Francis Fukuyama --Foreign Affairs, May/June 1998, Vol. 77, No. 3

... Müller's varied and extensive selection of materials shows: that reform of the UN has a wealth of advocates but can be caught and halted by many an unexpected snare ... Anthony McDermott -- Security  Dialogue, Vol. 29 (1), 1998

... In the view of the reviewer this publication is a profound basis for further academic work and research on the UN reform. ... Gerhard Loibl -- Austrian Review of International and European Law, No. 3, 1998

... the contents touch on all aspects of the United Nations and cover the full spectrum of proposals and initiatives. ... -- South Letter, Vol. 1, 1998

... Most of the important reform proposals since 1978 can be found ... -- Doris Bertrand, United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, JIU/REP/2005/2 (Part I), 2005, p. 10

Editor: Joachim Müller

Hardcover: 3,464 pages, 3 volumes

Publisher: Brill Nijhoff, The Netherlands, in co-operation with the UN

ISBN-10: 9041103325

ISBN-13: 978-9041103321 (Set of 3 volumes) ; UN Sales Nr. E.96.I.33

            Volume 1 : ISBN 90-411-0329-5 (Vol.1)

            Volume 2 : ISBN 90-411-0330-9 (Vol.2)

            Volume 3 : ISBN 90-411-0331-7 (Vol.3)

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