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Introduction: Reforming The United Nations

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This introductory chapter of the book focuses on reforms of United Nations (UN) that is in demand for a wide spectrum of services ranging from standard setting to humanitarian and refugee operations to the struggle against poverty, the implementation of technical co-operation projects in developing countries, disaster relief, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and climate change. In humanitarian assistance, the Red Cross and Red Crescent have increased their activities and new organizations such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) have established innovative, low-cost mechanisms for delivering health care assistance. The history of the UN reform provides some insight into questions, What are the limits of UN reform? Do structural barriers exist that are difficult to overcome? and Could the UN be ultimately unreformable?.

Keywords: disaster relief; United Nation (UN) reform



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