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Monday, November 28, 2005

UN Summit: reforming the UN institutions

The UN World Summit took place between 14-16 September 2005 it was the 60th “high level plenary meeting of the General Assembly”.The outcome of the summit caused many participants to consider it a fiasco. Even if it succeeded in bringing together so many parties, the almost 40 pages document failed to live up to its expectations. Many of the issues which might have tied up the ties among the world countries remained untouched or incomplete. The NGO’s, the media and many of the heads of the governments agreed in single voice that much more had to be done for the world’s welfare and healthy development. These conclusions were also stressed by the Secretary- General Annan who believed that “we have not yet achieved the sweeping and fundamental reform that I and many others believed is required”. Annan’s point of view soon changed but, despite that, the recent “oil-for food “scandal was too recent for many people to correctly acknowledge his optimism.
However, important steps forward were undertaken in all four fields of negotiations: development, peace and Collective Security, Human Rights & the Rule of Law and the strengthening of the UN institutions. All the agreed commitments had the UN Summit play a significant role for both the social and economic diplomatic international scene. Therefore, initiatives from all parties are essential. However, one particular importance is placed upon the reform of the UN institutions. In fact, without having a well defined organizational model inside the UN any world moves are not realistic.
This paper will have a closer look at two of the 2005 UN Summit results which were part of the institutional reform and which need follow-up and implementation negotiations. These are: a) the newly strengthened UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and b) the Human Rights Council (HRC).The argument is that while the ECOSOC is not seen as a huge improvement in the structure of the United Nations institutions the Human Rights Council seems to be strongly politicized and therefore, in need or deeper reforms.

Other sections:
  • ECOSOC: finding a third way?
  • The Human Rights Council: what rights are to be managed
  • Conclusions

7 Comments:

Hello,

Good writing!

Actually, I was wondering: where in Brussels do you study? I have noticed a link to the IES, which is a spin-off of the VUB Law faculty, the place I happen to work...
Hi Koen !

Thank u for the comment. I study at Vesalius College.
The link to the IES is there because I followed some of the lectures they offered and I recommend them.
In particular Ms. Bono and Mr. Lewis are people who now what are they talking about when dealing with CFSP.

Have a nice day!
K
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