Koenders urges reform to UN

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18 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The United Nations is in need of rapid reform to its own organisation. This is necessary to better address major problems throughout the world.

18 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The United Nations is in need of rapid reform to its own organisation. This is necessary to better address major problems throughout the world.

Governments, social and private organisations, the UN and the World Bank must also step up their efforts to achieve the Millennium objectives to fight poverty by 2015.

Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders said this in his address to the General Assembly of the UN on Tuesday. He pointed out that better cooperation among the many UN organisations has been discussed for years but that little has yet been done.

Koenders would like the UN to work have one leader and work with one programme and one budget, and preferably be based at just one office.

He also saw positive points however, the trial programme One UN in which eight countries participated for instance. These countries have already been incorporating development aid in a single programme with a single budget.

The UN reforms should not lead to new criteria for development cooperation, Koenders said. Nor should these reforms result in cutbacks.

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