United Nations in Its Second Half-Century

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Moeen Qureshi, Richard Von Weizsacker
DIANE Publishing, 1995 - 53 pages
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A report of the Independent Working Group on the Future of the U.N., convened by the Ford Foundation in 1993. The group sought to make a clear statement about the need to enhance and realign the U.N. Discusses the challenges to humanity at century's end, the future U.N. system, strengthening the U.N. for its second half-century, reaching the common goal, and a summary of principal recommendations. Points for strengthening the U.N. include providing security from the scourge of violence, improving global economic conditions, protecting the social fabric, and leadership, organization and resources.

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Page 32 - But this is the direction to go, reflecting thereby the proud opening words of the UN Charter: We the Peoples of the United Nations.
Page 34 - Although many recommendations are made in the following pages, the core lies in the proposal of three related Councils, each a principal UN organ: a new Economic Council, a new Social Council, and the existing but enhanced Security Council, all three serviced by a common Secretariat and working together on behalf of human security and sustainable development. Because of the intimately connected nature of the UN's economic and social agendas, the Economic Council and the Social Council would develop...
Page 40 - ... the Security Council may, before making the recommendations or deciding upon the measures provided for in Article 39, call upon the parties concerned to comply with such provisional measures as it deems necessary or desirable. Such provisional measures shall be without prejudice to the rights, claims, or position of the parties concerned.
Page 26 - ... performance, usually with little regard for the fact that it can only be as effective as governments allow it to be. The Organization has deficiencies, but it has too often been a useful scapegoat for the mistakes or failings of Member States, or a fig leaf for their unfulfilled promises or intentions. Ensuring international security in the broad sense of human security requires new approaches both by governments and the UN system. The use of military force for purposes of peace requires clarification...

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