General Assembly Adopts Resolution on SWC: Key Issues to be Continued

17 September 2008

On Monday, 15 September 2008, Member States unanimously adopted a resolution on the process of System-wide Coherence. According to the text, the membership will continue its work on System-wide Coherence, while focusing exclusively on the issues of “Delivering as One,” harmonization of business practices, funding, governance, and gender equality & the empowerment of women.

Member States Renew Mandate for Working Group on Security Council Reform after Intense Discussions

by Jonas von Freiesleben
16 September 2008

With only a few hours left in the 62nd Session of the General Assembly and in the face of a total collapse, Member States finally managed to broker a groundbreaking deal to renew the mandate of the Open-ended Working Group on Security Council Reform. The deal - based on consensus - includes an ambitious plan to move discussions from the Working Group to intergovernmental negotiations in the General Assembly.

An Update on the Lengthy 2008 Second Resumed Session of the Fifth Committee

Every May, the Fifth Committee approves the annual budgets of peacekeeping missions. This time, it took two weeks longer than anticipated, but the Fifth Committee finally approved a package of 7.08 billion USD for 15 peacekeeping missions as well as the UN’s Logistics Base and the Support Account. Following is a description of some of the key issues discussed and decisions made.