What’s Wrong With the United Nations? (And Why Nobody Cares)

International Politics Reviews, May 2018, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 30–41, DOI: 10.1057/s41312-018-0061-9

22 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2019

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Cristián Gimenez-Corte

United Nations; Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 2018

Abstract

This study presents some basic, simple, and politically feasible ideas to reform and improve the United Nations. After a brief but necessary review of the evolution of the United Nations organization, this study will focus its analysis on five concrete key problematic areas of the UN, including the management, financing, accountability, human resources and leadership aspects of the UN. In all of these areas, the Secretary-General enjoys enough power to introduce substantive change, by himself. In other words, the reforms we are proposing here do not necessarily require the agreement of the Security-Council, making these reform policies politically feasible. Additionally, this study tries to approach the United Nations from both a practitioner ‘insider view,’ - as the author has worked for the UN for more than 10 years -, and from an academic ‘outsider view’. The synthesis of this dual approach pictures a unique portrait of the UN as it is, and as it could become.

Keywords: United Nations, Reform, Legitimacy, Management, Financing, Accountability, Human Resources, Leadership, International Law, International Organizations

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Gimenez-Corte, Cristián and Gimenez-Corte, Cristián, What’s Wrong With the United Nations? (And Why Nobody Cares) (May 2018). International Politics Reviews, May 2018, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 30–41, DOI: 10.1057/s41312-018-0061-9, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3332674

Cristián Gimenez-Corte (Contact Author)

Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Faculty of Law ( email )

Santa Fe
Argentina

United Nations ( email )

New York, NY 10017
United States

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