From 2003 to 2006 Secretary General Kofi Annan pursued the most ambitious overhaul of the United Nations since its inception. This article is written from the perspective of the team working with Kofi Annan on the reform agenda and reflects on the issues faced and choices made. In reviewing this experience, the article seeks to inform future choices on substance, politics, management and process that must be addressed in future reform efforts.
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[Bidding for a seat on the U.N. Security Council] lets Ireland be proactive rather than sitting in a reactive spot [as it waits for Britain to determine its preferences for the future U.K.-EU relationship].