UN Governance and Reform
Principal Investigator: Mr Sam Daws
This project focuses on key contemporary issues of UN governance and reform. It has four aims over the next 18 months:
1) To generate traditional academic outputs which further the understanding of the structures and processes of international organisations. These will include a book to be published by Oxford University Press on the political, historical, and legal dimensions of UN Security Council reform, and the organisation of seminars and lectures by leading scholars and practitioners on UN themes, both at Oxford and elsewhere in cooperation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
2)To provide expert input into UK and other government and parliamentarian policy reviews of the UN’s effectiveness.
3)To promote international scholarship and teaching about international organisations. It will work with UK academic partners and the UN Association of the UK to compile university syllabi to support teaching about international organisations. The project director will also work with members of the Academic Council on the UN System to build links with policy research centres on the UN in other countries, in particular to increase the visibility and accessibility of the work of scholars and practitioners from the developing world on UN governance issues.
4)It will explore the prospects for establishing a broader UK-based research centre on the United Nations.
The programme’s research will initially focus on three areas:
- The reform of the UN Security Council and other UN entities
- The appointment of the UN Secretary-General and the management of the Secretariat
- The role of the private sector and foundations in furthering the UN’s development objectives
The ‘UN Governance and Reform’ project report for 2015-2016 is available to read in the CIS Annual Report here.