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New Reform Initiatives: The Challenge Of Working Together, 2006 To 2009

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Ban Ki-moon took over on 1 January 2007 from Kofi Annan, who left after a ten-year term. Ban was confronted with a number of difficult challenges. The developing countries considered the ongoing reform process as intended to reduce their influence. One of the first major reform initiatives launched by Ban focused on the restructuring of the disarmament and peacekeeping operations in early 2007. The 2005 World Summit had not managed to agree on a reform of the Security Council or to conclude the eight-year negotiation process which had centred on the consultations in the Open-ended Working Group. One of the main reform follow-ups was to enhance the 'system-wide coherence of the UN's operational activities'. Deliberations on UN system-wide coherence had led to the realization that the Chief Executives Board (CEB) could potentially be used as a co-ordinating mechanism for system-wide action.

Keywords: Ban Ki-moon; Chief Executives Board (CEB); Security Council; UN peacekeeping operations



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