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Renewing the UN system: Taking stock after 75 years

In this report UNA-UK advisor Fred Carver takes stock of the United Nations as it stands 75 years after its founding, and sets out recommendations for how the United Kingdom can promote renewal and reform at the Organisation.

Changing the UN is difficult, but it is vital. The need for an organisation such as the UN has never been more apparent, and reforming the organisation we have is a more effective and credible strategy than attempting to invent something new. 

The report synthesises UNA-UK’s key recommendations for doing this, whilst also drawing on expertise from our network of expert advisors. This thorough overview presents key recommendations with regards to the “three UNs”: the first, political, the second, administrative, and the third, global. The result is a comprehensive set of actionable recommendations for UK policy makers that will support the much needed renewal and reform the UN.

Specifically, it looks at ways for the UK to effectively engage with member states, UN staff and the wider system of non-state and civil society actors engaged with the UN and UN issues.