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Strategic Insights 25 - Reforming the United Nations: Kofi Annan's legacy gets a reality check

By Simon Chesterman

As the dust settles from the 2005 UN reform jamboree and Kofi Annan enters the twilight months of his second term as Secretary-General, the United Nations has created two new institutions—a Peacebuilding Commission and a Human Rights Council—but has anything really changed?

Simon Chesterman examines the context within which recent efforts at UN reform should be understood while assessing the key institutional and normative achievements over the last few years.