The United Nations in the Twenty-First Century: Management and Reform Processes in a Troubled Organization
- Publish Date: 2006-06-02
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Marcus Franda
The United Nations is confronting a severe crisis at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Its capabilities have been called into question amid a rash of recent scandals and charges of leadership mismanagement, bureaucratic ineptitude, and corrupt activities. Current world opinion seems to express elevated concern about the organization's ability to deal with the complexity of international relations in the new millennium. Despite six decades of survival, its membership still appears unable to maintain a consistent focus or set of practices to pursue common goals. The United Nations in the Twenty-First Century analyzes the significance of the many forces and events affecting the U. N. s efforts at reform. It provides a detailed examination of these processes for all of the major U. N. organs and agencies, including chapters on the Secretaries-General, the Secretariat, the General Assembly, the Security Council, and E. C. O. S. O. C. The chapters on the Secretaries-General are the only detailed discussion that compares, contrasts, and evaluates the tenures of the seven people who have headed the U. N. The book's concluding chapters focus on Kofi Annan's reform agenda as it relates to previous U. N. reform experiences and assess the future impact of recent U. N -related scandals and charges of mismanagement.