66th SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
Report of the 4th Thematic Meeting in the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly 
By Mie Hansen,28 June 2012
On 1 June 2012, the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly met for the fourth and final thematic meeting, dedicated to a discussion of “ Enhancing the functions of the Office of the President of the General Assembly including Strengthening its institutional memory and its relationship with the Secretariat”. This report provides a summary of the meeting.
Report on the 2nd and 3rd Thematic Meeting in the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly 
By Mie Hansen,17 May 2012
On 30 April 2012 and 10 May 2012 the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly held its 2nd and 3rd thematic meetings, discussing respectively “Working methods of the General Assembly, implementation of GA resolutions and the agenda, as well as operational and technical issues” and “The role of the General Assembly in the selection and appointment of the Secretary-General of the UN, as well as in the selection of candidatures for other executive Heads of the UN system”. This report provides a summary of the two meetings
Report on the first thematic meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly 
By Mie Hansen, 25 April 2012
Last Thursday, 19 April 2012, the ad hoc working group on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly met for the first thematic meeting of the session, dedicated to “The role and authority of the General Assembly and its relationship to the principal organs of the United Nations and other groups outside the United Nations”
First Meeting of the 66th GA session in the Ad Hoc Working Group on Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly 
By Mie Hansen 30 March 2012
On 27 March 2012 the ad hoc working group on revitalization of the work of the General Assembly held its first meeting of the 66th General Assembly session. The working group, established pursuant to resolution 65/315, is during the current session Co-Chaired by Ambassador Alexander Lomaia of Georgia and Ambassador Susan Waffa-Ogoo of the Gambia. The meeting was dedicated to a general exchange of views among the Member States on all of the issues included in the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly. This article provides a summary of the meeting and the statements made.
Meeting on General Assembly Revitalization 1 December 2011 
By Mie Hansen, 5 January 2012
On 1 December 2011 the General Assembly met to discuss Agenda Item 120: Implementation of the Resolutions of the United Nations and Agenda Item 121: Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly.
This article provides an overview of the debate.
65th SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
Update on Revitalization of the General Assembly: A RECAP OF DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE 65th GA SESSION 
By Mie Hansen, 27 September 2011
Even before heads of state from around the world gathered last week at UN headquarters in New York for the opening of the 66th annual session of the UN General Assembly, the world’s main deliberative body, continuation of the ongoing negotiations to make the Assembly more effective, efficient and relevant were assured for yet another year. Member States have been discussing the “Revitalization of the General Assembly” for the past twenty years, but according to some critics only minor improvements have been made, leaving deep-seated reforms untouched. Even though all Member States seem to agree that reform of the Assembly is vital, recent developments confirm that it is still very difficult to reach an agreement on what should be done.
63rd SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the GA Meets For a Briefing and a Discussion on the Synopsis of its June Meetings 
Report by Daniel Safran-Hon 13 August 2009
Taking place on 27 July 2009 and convoked by the two Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc working group, Ambassador Morten Wetland of Norway and Ambassador Maria Fernanda Espinosa from Ecuador, the meeting was a follow-up to the working group’s meetings in June held pursuant to GA resolution 62/276. Three issues were presented and discussed in this informal meeting - Balloting, Documentation and Press Relations. This was followed by Member States’ comments on the synopsis, sent by the Co-Chairs to Member States on 8 July 2009, which summarizes the three informal debates on GA revitalization that took place during the month of June.
Member States Identify Key Issues for GA Revitalization 
by ReformTheUN.org, 17 April 2009
Member States met on 15 April to discuss Revitalization of the General Assembly, at the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on the issue. States reiterated their interest in pursuing improvements in a number of areas identified in the last GA session, including the relationship between the GA and other UN organs, the selection process for the Secretary-General, and the resources of the Office of the President of the GA.
62nd SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
REPORTS & ANALYSES
CHAPTER 2 of the Center's April 2008 publication Managing Change at the United Nations: REVITALIZATION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 
by Lydia Swart
An in-depth look at the revitalization of the General Assembly debate.
Working Group on GA Revitalization Sets Agenda for 62nd Session 
by ReformtheUN.org, 5 March 2007
The General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Working Group on GA Revitalization convened on Thursday, 21 February to discuss how to move forward with enhancing the role, authority, effectiveness and efficiency of the Assembly. Co-Chaired by Ambassador Andrzej Towpik of Poland and Ambassador Eladio Loizaga of Paraguay, this was the Group’s first meeting of the 62nd Session.
Member States Resume Discussions on General Assembly Revitalization 
27 November 2007
On Monday 26 November 2007, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Sgrjan Kerim chaired a debate in the General Assembly on the issue of revitalization of the General Assembly. The following is an update of the meeting.
GA Adopts Resolution on Revitalizing the General Assembly 
by ReformtheUN.org, 3 August 2007
The General Assembly yesterday adopted by consensus resolution 61/292 on "Revitalization of the role and authority of the General Assembly and strengthening its performance."
Member States Discuss GA Revitalization 
19 June 2007
Member States met today at the United Nations in a closed session to informally discuss the revitalization of the General Assembly.
Member States Begin Interactive Debates 
16 May 2007
During the week of 14-18 May 2007, Member States began a series of six interactive debates, both at the Permanent and Deputy Permanent Representative level, to discuss the revitalization of the General Assembly.
GA President Appoints Co-Chairs 
9 March 2007
President of the GA appoints Ambassadors Daniele D. Bodini of San Marino and Paul Badji of Senegal as Co-Chairs. Appointment letter available via above link.
Concerned by Encroachment, Delegates Stress need for Cooperation Among Key Organs as General Assembly considers Revitalization of its work 
DPI, 13 December 2006
Member States discussed the Secretary-General Report on the Revitalization of the General Assembly (A/61/483 )
For more on the background of GA revitalization, please see the latest publication from the Center for UN Reform:
- Managing Change at the United Nations