UN Renewal

Page Contents: 


Special Officer for UN Renewal 

Agencies with links to UN Renewal Issues 

Upcoming NZ-UN Activities

Reports from the Special Officer









The United Nations Association of New Zealand upholds and supports the principles articulated in the UN Charter. However, we will often be the first to admit that the UN is not perfect and needs change in order to fulfil its potential. And what a great potential it has.

It is often said that if the UN didn't exist, someone would invent it. Put simply, issues and problems of a global nature need a global solution. The UN - as an almost universal forum - is the best place for such solutions to be devised.

On this page you will find information promoting an understanding of how the UN operates today, and items intended to incite debate on how it may operate into the future.







^Return to Top


 Special Officer for UN Renewal


Dr. Kennedy Graham M.P,

[email protected]






^Return to Top


 Agencies with links to UN Renewal Issues


► United Nations Department of Public Information

► United Nations Information Centre - Canberra 

► World Federation of United Nations Associations

► WFUNA Youth

► United Nations Association of Australia

► United Nations Association of USA

► United Nations Association of UK

► Academic Council on the United Nations System

► Parliamentarians for Global Action










^Return to Top


 Upcoming NZ-UN Activities












^Return to Top


Reports from the Special Officer for UN Renewal

Mark Malloch Brown - The Unfinished Global Revolution - Saturday, April 2, 2011

 A very intensive interview about the nature of the United Nations, the challenges it faces and where it might be going. Link

National Security - Comment - Thursday, May 20, 2010

"Our greatest threat is the breakdown in the ability of nations to cooperate"   read more...

Getting UN Renewal back on the WFUNA Agenda - Thursday, May 20, 2010

A UNANZ submission to the April WFUNA Exco managed to get UN Reform back onto the strategic agenda (for the second time).   

Links between G20 and UN - Thursday, May 20, 2010

Park Soo-gil, the President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, recommends that the UN Secretary General be formally included in the G20 to provide a link between the two organisations.  

Analysis of Copenhagen Climate Negotiations - Friday, April 9, 2010

There were an extra-ordinarily complex of legacies and issues that faced the negotiators. Read article 

Lessons from Copenhagen - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

While the Copenhagen COP15 negotiations fell far short of what was widely claimed to be the essential outcomes, they did represent a major step in achieving international cooperation in addressing climate change, and also revealed many important issues in such processes. These lessons are summarised in the following document:

 read more ...
Ad-Hoc UN Renewal Report 23-10-09 - Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dear Council,
I am writing this to inform you of some major events related to the UN which have been very poorly covered in the media, and that you may not be adequately aware of.
The first is the UN General Assembly General Debate beginning on the 23 Sept in which the US President gave a major speech which I believe represents a hallmark shift in the ethos of the GA, and re-affirms the UN as a central component of global power structures – a position that has become increasingly questioned recently. Our Prime Minister also strongly affirmed the importance of the UN for NZ. Texts of speeches and videos available here. 
The GA event was preceded on the 22nd  by a Secretary General’s High Level Summit on Climate Change, attended by John Key, at which major statements were made about the critical importance of an agreement in Copenhagen, and the key elements of that agreement. There was also a luncheon hosted by the Global Compact which brought leaders of key industries together to highlight their role in driving solutions. 

Subsequent to this has been a major UNFCCC Climate Change conference in Bankok from 28 Sept to 9th Oct. This was reportedly attended by some 4000 people, and was accompanied by significant demonstrations. There appear to have been major discrepancies in expectations and perceptions between the developed countries (mainly US and EU), and the developing countries (G77 + China). While the first emphasised the major developments in establishing guidelines and frameworks to enable agreements to be facilitated, the second decried the absence of firm commitments by the developed countries to emission reductions and to finance support, and accused them of abandoning  the Kyoto protocol and the chance of a Copenhagen agreement. Further details can be found here.
The almost complete absence of media coverage of the Bankok event is worrying, but probably reflects that complexity of the issues, and the lack of personality foci. I spoke to Helen Plume of the Department of Conservation who did attend the conference, and chaired some of the sessions. She was positive about the clarification of the common interests involved. She also said that the urgency legislation going through parliament was not associated with the Bankok negotiations.
Just recently, however, an India China bilateral deal on climate change suggested a new shift in politics. 
The Barcelona meeting on 2-6 Nov will set the scene for the Copenhagen meeting 7-18 Dec, which promises to be something of a cliff hanger. Live proceedings and archived video will be available here. Something to provide a little excitement in the run-up to Christmas.
Gray Southon
Special Officer for UN Renewal.