Group of prominent public figures stresses need to strengthen UN role, credibility

New and novel threats to world peace and security make it imperative to reinforce the role, authority and credibility of the United Nations, according to a group of prominent statesmen, public figures, diplomats, businessmen and scholars, known as the International Ethical, Political and Scientific Collegium.

Chiefs of UN's principal organs hold fifth annual meeting

The heads of the six principal organs of the United Nations held their fifth annual meeting in New York yesterday as part of a process to improve the efficiency of the world body.

UN reform proceeding on many fronts, Fréchette tells General Assembly

Technical cooperation among United Nations members will be streamlined to avoid duplication and better joint agency programming will take place in developing countries, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette told the General Assembly today as it began consideration of UN reform.

General Assembly President gives top priority this session to UN reform

The General Assembly’s annual top-level debate, which ended last week, has spotlighted United Nations reform as a high-priority item for the world’s political leaders, Assembly President Julian Hunte said today, adding that he intends to invite comments on “some bold ideas” over the next two months.

Annan discusses future challenges with UN representatives

Terrorism and its reinforcement are the great threats to peace and security for some countries, but developing countries assess civil wars, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and human rights violations as greater destabilizing factors, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

‘Time is ripe’ to reform UN institutions, Annan tells world leaders

Calling for wide-ranging United Nations reform in order to win the respect of the peoples of the world, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today exhorted the leaders of the world to grapple resolutely with the issue after a decade of indecision, particularly in reshaping the Security Council.

Expanded Security Council would enhance its legitimacy - Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for expanding the membership of the Security Council to make the 15-member body more democratic and more representative and thus give it greater legitimacy, especially in view of recent divisions over Iraq.