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In 2005, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the United Nations Association-UK carried out a public and expert engagement process to debate reform of the UN and its future role in international affairs. This FCO-UNA engagement process, inaugurated by Secretary of State Jack Straw and with keynote speeches provided by Prime Minister Tony Blair and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, comprised a series of national and regional public debates around the country as well as expert contribution from 200 academic and policy specialists. In this report we now present these views.
This engagement process took as its basis the recommendations put forward by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his report to the General Assembly (In Larger Freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all) and also gave detailed consideration to the recommendations of two earlier reports (the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change & the UN Millennium Project). This unique process gave government ministers and civil servants direct and sustained feedback on the proposals of the UN Secretary-General as the UK engaged in negotiations leading up to the World Summit.