The next Secretary General of the United Nations has now been chosen. It will be Ban Ki-Moon of
Ban Ki Moon (62) has been Foreign and Trade Minister of
He faces major challenges. The UN is in need of significant and urgent reform – it needs to focus, do what it says it is going to do and reduce the rhetoric and increase performance. For example, the current Secretary General has talked eloquently and often about the need for intervention in
There are also concerns about corruption and sexual exploitation – UN troops exploiting their position for sex and corrupt UN officials in the food for oil scams which plagued the UN during 2005. Many have also expressed concerns about the growing complexity of the UN’s structure and the inability of many of its “parts” to deliver against their objectives.
The UN’s finances are also very problematic. As of May 2006, unpaid membership fees amounted to over US$1.2b, with the
A more fundamental problem is that the UN has clearly failed in several key situations. It failed to prevent a coalition of its members from invading
Then there is a problem of some of the UN members violating the UN charter and their obligations of membership, but continuing to be members –