Annan outlines plan for major UN reforms

Annan outlines plan for major UN reforms

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [JURIST Newsmaker news archive] addressed the General Assembly Monday on his plans for UN and international reform. Annan stressed that the proposals in his report entitled In Larger Freedom [official text], released Sunday, were a complete package and that other reforms should not be added piecemeal. Institutionally, Annan called for expanding the membership of the Security Council from 15 to 24 members, and establishing a new Human Rights Council to replace the current Commission on Human Rights [official site], which Annan characterized as an organization of "declining credibility and professionalism." He also emphasized the importance of greater transparency in Secretariat operations. The UN News Service has more.