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The Late Antonio Cassese

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.001.0001

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The United Nations: No Hope for Reform?

The United Nations: No Hope for Reform?

(p.38) 4 The United Nations: No Hope for Reform?
Realizing Utopia

Philip Alston

Oxford University Press

Utopia is a notion that is inevitably in the eye of the beholder, but the assumption of this analysis is that a strengthened and more efficient UN has the capacity to contribute in essential ways to more effective global governance arrangements. This chapter identifies various steps that would promote the type of realistically utopian reform that this volume seeks to identify. They include the following. Amending the Charter to eliminate the Trusteeship Council and ideally also the Economic and Social Council; ensuring sustainable financing for core UN activities. Promoting a ‘One UN’ approach to on the ground service delivery, but complementing this with a more consultative approach to local actors. Becoming more media savvy. Making vastly better use of new information and communications technologies; moving towards a ‘smart’ and knowledgeable Secretariat. And finally, devoting more resources to three substantive areas (electoral assistance; development of a police rapid response capacity; tackling corruption at the national level).

Keywords:   UN reform, Trusteeship Council, Economic and Social Council, ground service delivery

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