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Annan to propose Security Council expansion, rights panel changes at UN

[JURIST] Saturday's Los Angeles Times reports that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] will propose significant changes to the organization at a General Assembly meeting Monday. According to a draft copy of Annan's scheduled Report on Larger Freedom [available on the UN website at 10 AM ET Monday] obtained by the newspaper, he will ask the General Assembly to approve an expansion of the Security Council from 15 to 24 members and the conversion of the controversial UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] into a smaller human rights council directly elected by the General Assembly itself. The report also calls for reinforcement of the UN's power to make world security and development decisions, and the framing of an anti-terrorism convention by September 2006. The General Assembly and world leaders attending a UN summit in September must approve the reforms before they take effect. Read the LA Times report here.

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