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The United Nations and Reform

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In this week you will:
  • Learn about some current debates about the UN structure, and
  • Learn about reform proposals for the UN.

To prepare for your tutorials this week you should:

  1. Complete the reading and watch the video
  2. Complete the activities
  3. Complete the extension activities if you have time.

Reading and Resources

Engel, Susan. UN Reform: An Overview of Debates March 2018 OpenUOW.

Watch this short video on UN Security Council Reform

Al Jazeera English 2014
Extension Reading

Global Policy Forum, UN reform page - this website has a range of resources on different aspects of UN reform.

Schlichtmann, Klaus, 2011, An Enduring Concept for Security Council Reform, Beijing Law Review, Vol 2 pp. 97-110, accessed on 26th February 2014

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Think about these questions, write some notes down and bring them to class or post a comment on twitter to your Facebook group or #UOWMUN.

  1. Research other models of UN reform, and write one paragraph on a model that has not been presented in your course material.
  2. Is the UN a viable institution that can be reformed, or should it be removed?
  3. Is world governance a viable option for solving the world's problems?

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Extension exercise

Shashi Tharoor, delivering the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at the Sanford School at Duke University on 3rd January 2007. Tharoor was previously an Under-Secretary General at the United Nations.