Reforming the United Nations

The UN is under reform, triggered by political confrontations and a crisis of confidence. All activities of the organisation are involved with efforts to strengthen peacekeeping, enlarge the Security Council, rationalise the General Assembly, restructure ECOSOC, establish collective mechanisms to protect human rights, improve the efficiency of development aid, enhance the coordination of humanitarian assistance, and reform management practices. "Reforming the United Nations" examines key initiatives by analysing the reform process involving the main stakeholders: member states and the Secretary-General with the Secretariat. The contribution of non-governmental organisations and expert groups are considered and a wealth of information is provided from primary sources. This is done together with a presentation of the history of reform since the creation of the UN. Can the UN be reformed? Based on the analysis, the limits and potential for change and reorientation are identified.

The series published one volume over the last 5 years.

Biographical Note

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, dealing with resource management. Müller has written extensively on the UN, including the series Reforming the United Nations (Brill, 2010, 2006, 2001) and is editor of the ARUNA annual series on the UN entitled ARUNA (Oxford University Press). He has a doctorate (D.Phil) from Oxford University, Nuffield College.


All interest in the work of the United Nations and its reform and history, including policy makers, researchers and the interested public.