The Regional Input for ‘Delivering as One’

  • Kennedy GrahamEmail author
Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 3)


The aim of this chapter1 is to explore the implications of the recommendations in the report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) on UN System-Wide Coherence (SWC report) insofar as they relate to regional structures, both UN and non-UN.2 The analytical and prescriptive content addresses both substantive issues (the nature of the shortcomings and recommendations advanced in the SWC report) and structural issues (the breadth of the institutions potentially affected). The chapter argues that, with due regard to the political sensitivities of the challenge, it is possible to engage in reform of the UN whereby greater consistency and coherence can be attained to streamline the operational partnership between the UN and regional organisations. To that end, it proposes that a standardised definition of ‘region’ be agreed and that a series of regions be identified based on the definition. The chapter also proposes that consideration be given to identifying certain natural ‘regional capitals’ in Africa, the Arab world, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. It focuses on the five themes derived from the report’s recommendations, assessing their merit and exploring how they might be implemented:


Security Council Regional Commission Regional Office Chapter VIII Economic Commission 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Daws, S. (1999). The origins and development of UN electoral groups. In R. Thakur (Ed.), What is equitable geographical representation in the twenty-first century? Report of a seminar held by the International Peace Academy and the United Nations University, 26 March 1999, New York, USA (pp. 11–29). Tokyo: United Nations University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Graham, K., & Felício, T. (2006). Regional security and global governance: A study of interaction between regional agencies and the UN security council with a proposal for a regional-global security mechanism. Brussels: VUB Press.Google Scholar
  3. Graham, K. (2008). Towards a Coherent Regional Institutional Landscape in the United Nations?, BRIGG Papers, (1).Google Scholar
  4. O’Brien, T. (1999). Electoral group reconfiguration and present day realities. In R. Thakur (Ed.), What is equitable geographic representation in the twenty-first century? Report of a seminar held by the International Peace Academy and the United Nations University, 26 March 1999, New York, USA (pp. 30–39). Tokyo: United Nations University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Picciotto, R., et al. (2005). Striking a new balance: donor policy coherence and development cooperation in difficult environments. Background paper commissioned by the Learning and Advisory Process on Difficult Partnerships of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, London: Department for International Development.
  6. Russett, B. (1967). International regions and international system: Study in political ecology. Chicago: Rand McNally.Google Scholar
  7. Simma, B. (1995). The United Nations charter: A commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  8. United Nations. (1951). Measures for the Economic Development of Under-Developed Countries. Report by a Group of Experts Appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. New York: UN Publications.Google Scholar
  9. Wright, S. (2004). Migration policy coherence needed, U.N. official says. MIT Tech Talk, 49(6), 6.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Member of ParliamentWellingtonNew Zealand

Personalised recommendations