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March 15 , 2009

United Nations Reform


Edward C. Luck, President Emeritus, Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations Association of the United States of America

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This book is important reading for anyone interested in the future of the UN. It contains hundreds of reform ideas, most of them sound, all of them stimulating. The diversity of views and subjects reflects the breadth of the UN’s global agenda and the exemplary contributions Canadians have made to the world body. Many of Canada’s UN experts are represented here; their work will remind us to look for inspiration and perspective when the going gets tough at Turtle Bay!

Major-General (Ret’d) Lewis W. MacKenzie, First Commander; UN Forces, Sarajevo

The 50th Anniversary of the United Nations – a wake or a cause for celebration? The euphoria following the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945 soon fell victim to a 45-year Cold War. Now, when the oppressed and destitute of the world need it more than ever, the UN finds itself handcuffed by potentially terminal systemic deficiencies. Tinkering won’t do - major reforms are required and the plethora of relevant ideas and recommendations set forth in this book provide leaders, policy makers and interested observers with much food for thought.

Joe Sills, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, United Nations

This valuable collection of essays covers a broad range of UN activities. In addition to careful analysis, it offers many suggestions for strengthening the UN as it enters its second half-century.

Brian Urquhart, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Scholar-in-Residence, International Affairs Program, Ford Foundation

This "festschrift" for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations is really something to rejoice about – a stimulating, readable and comprehensive set of comments on where the world organization is, how it got there and where it ought to be going. A breath of fresh air – oxygen even – for the UN on its 50th birthday.

Major-General Indarjit Rikhye, Founding President, international Peace Academy and former Military Advisor to UN Secretary-Generals Dag Hammarskjold and U Thant

The opportunity provided by the end of the Cold War to achieve the great objectives of the UN Charter must not be missed through failures in Somalia, Bosnia and Rwanda. The contributors to this book, with their thoughtful papers and recommendations for reform, encourage belief in the possibility of reinvigoration of the UN, so that the hopes placed in the organization in 1945 might after all be fulfilled.

Benjamin Rivlin, Director, Ralph Bunche Institute on the UN

This book presents an honest and sober reply to the mindless critics of the United Nations who have made multilateralism the whipping boy of their own short-sightedness. Mindful of the UN’s shortcomings, this excellent collection of essays, based on careful analysis, points out clearly nevertheless the direction the organized world must take and the indispensable role the United Nations must play in shaping a just and peaceful future for humanity.

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