Reforming the United Nations

The seven volumes of Reforming the United Nations bring together a wealth of information and provide an authentic, comprehensive and in-depth presentation of UN reform initiatives, with over 7,000 pages of analysis, description and primary documents.  

    Reforming the United Nations: A Chronology (2016) tells an exiting story of past reforms by each Secretary-General, completed by a detailed chronology of change events. Valuable insight is gained for shaping future refrom initiatives.

    Reforming the United Nations: The Challenge of Working Together (2010) presents the reform efforts of 2006 to 2009 associated with system-wide coherence, inter-agency co-ordination, management reform and the Security Council reform.

     Reforming the United Nations: The Struggle for Legitimacy and Effectiveness (2006). The fifth volume describes the period from 2003 to 2006 and efforts to re-establish legitimacy and effectiveness in the wake of the Iraq invasion and the management shortcomings of the UN Oil-for-Food Programme.

     Reforming the United Nations: The Quiet Revolution (2001). The period from 1997 to 2002 is captured in the fourth volume, which presents, in particular, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s reform efforts, known as the Quiet Revolution.

     Reforming the United Nations: New Initiatives and Past Efforts (1997) presents 50 earlier reform initiatives and key reform documents originating during the period from 1950 to 1996 and was issued is three volumes.

Editor of Series: Dr Joachim Müller is Director for Management and Finance at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna. He was previously with the UN system for 30 years as Director for Resource Management at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Controller at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, at the UN Secretariat, New York, and at the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna. He has been a UN election observer in Namibia and Angola and written extensively on UN reform and management, including The Challenge of Working Together (2010), The Struggle for Legitimacy and Effectiveness (2006), The Quiet Revolution (2001) and New Initiatives and Past Efforts (1997). He has a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Economics and Management Studies from Oxford University, Nuffield College.

Publisher of Series: Brill Nijhoff, The Netherlands.

Selected reviews

... extremely useful reference tool for researchers and practitioners who want to deal in-depth with UN reform processes. ...  combination of primary documents, helpful compilation of information on the UN System, and informed analysis that make the book valuable.  Silke Weinlich -- Journal of International Organizational Studies (JIOS), 2011, Vol. 2, No. 1

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

The ideal continuation of three preceding books by the same author ... a useful consultation tool on the initiatives for UN reform ... 1996-2000 (the Annan era) -- The International Spectator, Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2002

The volumes … complete each other, but are also of interest individually, depending on the focus of the reader [translation from German].   Wolfgang Münch -- Vereinte Nationen, No. 5, 2007