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Joachim Müller, Reforming the United Nations: The Challenge of Working Together (Brill, 2010).

Summary

What are the limits of UN system reform? Recent efforts in governance and institutional reform demonstrate that the hurdles are tremendous. The never-ending Security Council reform resulted in disappointment for hopeful governments. The system-wide coherence initiatives covering environment, gender, and ‘Delivering as One’ at country level provide a sobering picture. Inter-agency coordination on climate change, food security, and the global financial crisis did not result in joint programmes. Instead, new entities have diminished the role of the UN which operates on the OECD principles of ‘aid effectiveness.’ Consolidation and merging of UN mandates and structures appear to be a precondition for coherent and efficient action: A conclusion which dominates this edition of the publication series on ‘Reforming the United Nations’.

About the Author

Dr Joachim Müller is Director for Management and Finance at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna. He was previously with the UN system for 30 years as Director for Resource Management at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Controller at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, at the UN Secretariat, New York, and at the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna. He has been a UN election observer in Namibia and Angola and written extensively on UN reform and management, including The Challenge of Working Together (2010), The Struggle for Legitimacy and Effectiveness (2006), The Quiet Revolution (2001) and New Initiatives and Past Efforts (1997). He has a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Economics and Management Studies from Oxford University, Nuffield College.