Resources

Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World by Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, USA, C/O The Workable World Trust.

Study and discussion guide

See endorsements from Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Alfred M. de Zayas, Thomas Pickering, and others.

Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance: Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary General, Dr. Ibrahim Gambari.

Pulling Together: The Multilateral System and Its Future, report of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, chaired by former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Future United Nations Development System (FUNDS), directed by Professors Stephen Browne and Thomas Weiss, City University of New York.

The Elders’ Statement on Strengthening the United Nations.

Restructuring the UN Secretariat to Strengthen Preventative Diplomacy and Peace Operations, by Dr. Sara Cliffe and Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff, Center on International Cooperation, New York University.

Just Security in an Undergoverned World, edited by Dr. William Durch (The Stimson Center), Dr. Joris Larik (The Hague Institute for Global Justice), and Dr. Richard Ponzio (The Stimson Center)   

 

Recently released publications

Miroslav Lacjak, President of the UN General Assembly during its 72nd session, has initiated a series of morning dialogues. These are informal off-the-record discussions among UN Permanent Representatives. As of April 30, nine morning dialogues have taken place; three have focused on “Multilateralism Under Fire.”

On behalf of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Tomas Anker Christensen, Chef de Cabinet for the last two General Assembly Presidents, has authored a paper, “President or Paper Tiger? The Role of the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations.” Many of the reforms discussed in the paper are also under consideration at the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the Role of the General Assembly.

Published ahead of the April 24-25 General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, and grounded in a shared commitment to conflict prevention, “Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict” is a joint United Nations and World Bank study that looks at how development processes can better interact with diplomacy and mediation, security and other tools to prevent conflict from becoming violent. (A summary, Main Messages and Emerging Policy Directions, is also available.)