The current timing is strategic for UN reforms
There are too many governance structures within the UN: some are overlapping and others are far from reality. The issue is also that of incoherence between the agenda setting functions and results delivery mechanisms of the UN, and lack of financing.
But there is good news. Delivering as One (DaO) is being implemented and is leading to increased ownership and efficiency. The creation of UN Women after consolidation of some of the UN agencies and their overlapping mandates has been a bold move. However these changes are not irreversible and do not go far enough.
For instance while DaO is perceived positively, it has limits and cannot guarantee strong leadership and that the funds will materialise.
The UN is in crisis both institutionally and in terms of relevance. Multiple non-UN and private players are emerging with their own monies on issues traditionally dealt within UN. While crisis mode can lead to bold and strategic changes, many member States are not aware of this crisis within UN or the extent of it.
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