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Responding to the Changing World

The United Nations is on the brink of change. In recent months, a number of reports from UN officials and appointees have been released, challenging the old thinking within the United Nations. The future of the United Nations holds great potential. But while some things will need to change, the programs that are effective must also be maintained.

The Process of Organizational Reform

The High-level Panel on Threats, Challenge, and Change—a group of 16 foreign relations experts, ambassadors, and government representatives—was appointed in November 2003 to take a broad look at the United Nations and how it could be improved.

Read the High-level Panel Report

The Millennium Development Report was released in January 2005 to assess the Millennium Development goals. Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economist, led the project.

A Grand Yet Practical Agenda responds to the Millennium Development Report.

In Larger Freedom, the secretary-general's report, was released in March 2005, taking into account previous recommendations and outlining how both state governments and the United Nations must increase their vigilance against the issues that threaten us most.

George Bush and Kofi Annan—Finally United? examines each man's pursuit of freedom in the world. This response to Annan's report appears in The Globalist.

Continuing Success

Part of reforming the United Nations will no doubt be to recognize the programs that have accomplished so much with so few resources and allow them to continue their work. The World Health Organization and UNICEF are two such programs.

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Peace Keepers The Stanley Foundation, along with the UN Foundation, is sponsoring local showings of The Peacekeepers, a documentary on the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. If you would like your organization to show the film, find out how by contacting us.

Courier 50 Cover The spring 2006 issue of Courier is now available. This issue features a look back over fifty issues of the magazine and a look ahead at the United Nations, a long-term view of US foreign policy, highlights of a recent poll of Iraqi civilians, a summation of the Iranian nuclear issue, and insight into the US international affairs budget. Read these articles in the new issue.