Open Debate on Security Council Working Methods

5 November 2014

On the 23rd of October, the Security Council held an open debate on working methods. More than forty member states addressed topics ranging from initiatives to ensure due process under UN sanctions regimes, to a Security Council mechanism for follow-up on referrals to the International Criminal Court, to the use of the veto power and the selection process for the UN Secretary-General.

69th Session of the UN General Assembly: the General Debate and UN Reform

24-30 September 2014

The need to reform the United Nations and in particular the UN Security Council was raised throughout the General Debate this year. Many delegations seemed to feel that the upcoming 70th anniversary of the UN in 2015 provided an opportunity to push forward on the reform agenda and evaluate the way forward for the Organization.

Draft Resolution of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

by Sonia Jagtiani
September 2014

The Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on the Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (GA) held a general debate and four thematic meetings between 4 March and 16 May. Following the thematic meetings, five informal informal sessions were scheduled in order to draft the 68th session’s resolution on the Revitalization of the work of the GA. The following article will summarize the main points made during the informal consultations amongst Member States and regional and other political groupings. It will also highlight the key elements of the final resolution.

Fourth Thematic Meeting of the 68th GA session in the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly

By Sonia Jagtiani and Alex Maresca
June 2014

On the 16th of May 2014, the ad hoc working group (AHWG) of the revitalization of the General Assembly (GA) met for the fourth thematic meeting of the 68th session. The subject of the meeting was on strengthening the Institutional Memory of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA). This article summarizes the key points made by three UN Secretariat officials, Member States and regional groups during this session.

Report of the Third Thematic Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

By Sonia Jagtiani and Alex Maresca
June 2014

On the 2nd of May 2014, the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on the revitalization of the General Assembly (GA) held its third thematic meeting of the 68th session. The subject of this meeting was the role and responsibility of the GA on the selection and appointment of the Secretary-General and other executive heads of the United Nations System. This report provides a summary of the meeting, including the key points made by various member states and regional groups.

Report on the Second Thematic Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

By Alex Maresca
May 2014

On the 4th of April 2014, the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on the revitalization of the General Assembly held its second thematic meeting of the 68th session. The subject of the meeting was the working methods of the General Assembly.

Report on the First Thematic Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

By Alex Maresca
May 2014

On the 21st of March 2014, the Ad Hoc Working Group(AHWG) on the revitalization of the General Assembly held its first thematic meeting of the 68th session. The subject of the meeting was the role and authority of the General Assembly in the UN system. This article summarizes the key points made by member states and regional groups during this session.

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