Multilateral Reform

Our shared objective is a 21st century UN focused more on people and less on process…more on delivery and less on bureaucracy.”

Secretary-General António Guterres

September 2017

In 2017, the newly appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres embarked on an ambitious set of reforms to the UN’s development system, management processes, and peace and security architecture. CIC has been working to bolster these efforts since Mr. Guterres came into office.

CIC's Multilateral Reform program aims to provide deeper understanding, independent analysis, and perspectives to assist stakeholders in the reform process. It also supports efforts to create synergies and facilitate communication among the peace and security, human rights, and development pillars of the UN and between the UN and international financial institutions.

The program focuses on:

  • Undertaking analysis and preparing and publishing independent commentary
  • Tracking progress in the implementation of the reforms, including the Secretary-General's gender parity priorities
  • Organizing high-level retreats, panels, and discussions to promote better understanding of the reform processes within the UN community​

The program originally focused on supporting the restructuring of the UN peace and security pillar but has expanded to the other reform tracks, including repositioning the UN development system and shifting the management paradigm.